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How to Replace Washing Machine Control Panels - Hotpoint Published 08/06/2010

Replacing any of the front panel controls on a washing machine is easier than you'd think. In this video Rory demonstrates how to replace any of the knobs, buttons, printed circuit boards that sit behind the fascia of a Hotpoint WMA36.

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Are you having difficulty with the control panel on your Hotpoint washing machine? Has one of the buttons stopped working? If so, it’s likely that you’ll need to replace the control panels.

In the above video, with the help of our experienced team, we explain how to replace washing machine control panels, and below we’ve compiled a simple step-by-step guide which takes you through every point covered in our video.

Step 1: With the tools you’ll require to hand, you can begin work replacing the washing machine control panels, and the first step is to remove the top panel, which can be done by unscrewing the screws with a Torx head screwdriver.

Step 2: With the top of the washing machine off, gently remove the fascia from the front of the appliance; being careful not to pull too hard as being the fascia are a multitude of wires.

Once you’ve removed the fascia it’s a good idea to take a picture of the wires, so that you have a reference for latter on in the task.

Step 3: Once the picture has been taken, begin disconnecting the wires, enabling you to safely remove the control panel from the washing machine; enabling you to see the different components the control panel makes up.

Each of these components should easily click out of place, enabling them to be connected easily to a new fascia.

Step 4: With all the components out of the old fascia, click these into place onto the new fascia, before reattaching the wires (as per the earlier picture), and adding the fascia back onto the washing machine, followed by the lid.

There you have it, a step-by-step guide to replacing the control panel on a washing machine, helping it to perform to its optimum level.

Video Transcript: 

Hi, I’m Rory from eSpares.

In this video, I’m going to show you how to replace the control panel on this Hotpoint washing machine. Now I’m only going to be replacing the fascia, which can become scratched or cracked, but you’ll also see how to remove and replace these buttons, knobs, lights and the printed circuit board, or PCB, which is situated behind the control panel.

Now, safety first: make sure that your washing machine is unplugged before you start. Now I’m just going to start by removing the dispenser drawer, and now I’ll need to remove this top panel which I can do by unscrewing with a torx-head screwdriver. Now I’ve removed the top panel, I can remove the fascia by removing these three screws.

Now I’ve removed the top panel I’m going to delicately remove the fascia from the front of the machine. I need to be careful because, as you can see, there are a lot of wires going into it; so what I’m going to do now is take some photos of these wires so that I can rewire them exactly the way I’ve found them.

Once I’ve taken pictures, I’m just going to remove all of these wires. Now we’ve removed the control panel from the washing machine, we can see the different components that make it up. Here we have the fascia itself, and here’s the main PCB, which simply clicks out of place. I can now put that to one side (be careful, you don’t want to damage the electronic components) and here now, we can see the row of buttons.

This simply clicks out of place, as does this smaller PCB which is for the spin knob. Here we have the wash button which, as you can see, just pops out. Here we have the row of lights which, again, just clicks apart; and, finally, we have the on and off button which also just clicks out of space. I’m now going to remove all of these parts so that I can fit them onto the new fascia.

Once I’ve removed all of the components I can get my new fascia and simply re-click them all into place just as they were on the old one. Now you can do all this using your fingers; at the most, you might need a flathead screwdriver, but at the most its relatively simple.

Now I’ve replaced all the components, I can put the main PCB back on. Now I just need to reattach all of these wires as they were. Now I just need to reattach the fascia to the washing machine. And now I just need to put these screws in, put the top panel on and we’re good to go.

There you go. New fascia and any other control panels that you may have wanted to replace.

Thanks for watching.

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