When it comes to a washer, there are just too many things that can go wrong.
In most cases, performing a fix is for just about any washer issue is as simple as buying a replacement part and installing. It’s also a good thing that most washing machine parts are fairly inexpensive. Well, except for one particular washer part, the main control board.
If there’s something wrong with your front-loading washer, you better wish that it’s not the control board. Aside from the fact that your washer stops working altogether, the main board replacement is quite expensive as well.
For today’s article, we’re going to walk you through the steps when replacing the control board of a front loading washer.
What is the Washer’s Main Control Board?
First, let’s define the function and importance of your washer’s main control panel.
On many electric control units, the control board is responsible for operating the individual components of the front-load washer which include the drive motor and fill circuit.
If the control board doesn’t provide the proper power to the fill valve, drive motor, door lock or drain motor, then there’s a good chance the unit will not start at all. In the majority of the washers, the control board is quite complex and diagnosis can be very tricky.
The best thing that you can do is to visually inspect the board for signs of damaged or burned components of the board. When you are replacing the board, you should exercise caution since there are times that the burned components are caused by faulty external components.
You will need to identify these failures before you install the new control board. For this one, it’s best that you get in touch with a professional.
Steps for Replacing the Control Board in Front Loading Washer
Below is the step-by-step guide on how to replace the motor control board on a front-loading washer. If the control board gives up on you, make sure that you only use a manufacturer-approved replacement board.
- Screwdriver (Philips)
- Masking tape
- Marking Pen
- Working gloves
- Slot screwdriver
WARNING: Doing repairs to home appliances such as a washer can be very hazardous. So please carefully follow the steps below and utilize the proper tools and safety equipment. We suggest that you read the guide in its entirety before doing anything. Understand all the steps and only proceed if you’re confident that you can do it right. Otherwise, you should consider contacting a qualified technician.
1. Wear gloves to protect your hands. Pull back the washer so you can have more working space, have someone help if needed.
2. Unplug the washer from the power outlet.
3. With a Philips screwdriver, remove the two screws on the back that secure the top panel. Carefully remove the panel by lifting it up.
4. Using the masking tape, mark the position of the dispenser hoses that’s connecting to the dispenser’s back. Release the spring clamps and disconnect the hoses off from the back of the dispenser housing. Set aside the hoses so you can access the front of the main control board.
5. Grab the slot screwdriver and open the control board housing by releasing the tabs. Take out the housing’s front cover to access the control board’s wires.
6. Take note of the location of the wires that connect to the control board. We suggest a that you take a clear photo of the setup. Disconnect all the wires by releasing any locking tabs and pulling them out.
7. The board should be mounted to the unit’s housing which you can remove with a screwdriver. Slide the board to the left to remove it from the cabinet. Set the board aside for proper disposal.
8. Install the new control board by sliding it back in place and screwing it back to the housing. Connect all the wires using your photo or documentation.
9. Reinstall the housing for the control board and make sure that the tabs are all locked in place.
10. Reconnect the dispenser hoses and the top panel. Make sure that the panel is properly seating on the unit’s frame. Reinstall the two screws that hold the back panel but don’t over-tighten them. Plug the washer to the outlet and push back the washer to its original location.
And that’s our guide for replacing the control board in a front loading washer.
Again, please review all the steps before attempting to make any repairs. The motor control board can be rather delicate and it needs to be installed the right way. Otherwise, you’re risking to cause permanent damage to the washer. Only perform the repair if you are confident that you can do it properly.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you successfully install a new control board.