How to take the drum out of a washing machine? (Step by Step)

Sometimes you may need to take the drum out of the washing machine.

Maybe the drum has soap residue on it or there is something else that needs to be fixed.

It’s not too hard, but you have to make sure you are careful in doing so.

If you don’t know what you are doing, you will end up breaking things that can hurt your pockets.

One of the most common challenges people have when trying to take the drum out of a washing machine is that they don’t know where to find the screws that hold it in place.

This can be frustrating because, without knowing where to look, you might end up breaking something.

In this post you will learn:

  • How to remove the drum?
  • How to replace the drum?
  • Commonly asked questions
  • And More…

What you will need?

In order to remove the drum from your washer, you simply need 4 tools:

  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Towel
  • Safety Glasses (To protect your eyes)

Turn off the washing machine and unplug it from the wall

The very first step is to turn off the washing machine and unplug it from the wall before trying to remove the drum. This will help prevent any injuries or accidents from happening.

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Open the lid of the washing machine and locate the screws that hold the drum in place

The next step is to open the lid of the washing machine and locate the screws that hold the drum in place.

Once you find them, remove them using the wrench and screwdriver so that you can take out the drum.

In some laundry machines, locating the screws can be a challenge, therefore you may need to tilt the machine and search for the screws.

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Remove the screws and take out the drum

After you have removed the screws, you can now take out the drum. Again, be very careful in doing this so that you don’t drop it or damage anything.

If possible, use a towel and keep the washing machine on it so that the floor is not hard.

If you are having a hard time locating the screws, try looking at the instruction manual. If this does not help consult a professional.

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Replace the Drum

The last step is to replace the drum.

Take the new drum and start the installation procedure.

The installation procedure is simple as you simply need to undo the above steps, the only thing that changes here is the ‘Drum’. You will be using a new drum instead of the old one.

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Wrap Up

Removing the drum from a washing machine can be a difficult task if you don’t know where to find the screws that hold it in place. It’s always a safe bet to reach out to a professional if you have zero experience in uninstalling drums.

Lastly, if you have decided to uninstall the drum on your own do not forget to unplug the machine.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my washing machine drum stuck?

Your washing machine drum may be stuck due to a mechanical malfunction, such as a broken belt or motor, or it could be caused by an obstruction, such as a piece of clothing or foreign object, blocked drain pump, and worn-out motor brushes. Some of the other factors include issues with the suppressor filter, or low water pressure if excessive foam has formed.

How do you deep clean a washing machine drum?

To deep clean a washing machine drum, run a hot water cycle with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda or a specialized washing machine cleaner.

How do you remove a drum paddle?

To remove a drum paddle, locate the securing screw or clip on the back of the paddle, unscrew it or release the clip, then firmly grip the paddle and pull it towards you until it detaches from the drum.

Hemant Sarkar is a seasoned techie with a diploma in computer science and an impressive track record of over 15 years in dealing with speakers, kitchen appliances, and various home appliance-related issues. He is widely recognized for his exceptional expertise in repairing dryers and washing machines from all major brands. In addition to his appliance repair prowess, Hemant maintains engaging blogs on topics related to music and speakers. For any inquiries or assistance regarding appliances or tech-related matters, you can reach out to him at: hemant (at)