How to Remove the Back Panel on a Whirlpool Dryer

Kenneth Crawford

Most parts on a Whirlpool dryer are accessed through the top and front panels of the dryer. However when the rear drum bulkhead needs repair the appliance owner will need to know how to remove the back panel on a Whirlpool dryer to access it.

This will require that the cord and exhaust system be disconnected from the dryer. Once this is accomplished the back panel can be removed for access to the rear drum bulkhead.

  1. Disconnect the power cord of the Whirlpool dryer from the dryer electrical outlet. Pull the dryer away from the wall so that you have room to work behind it.

  2. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the three screws located at the top of the control console.

  3. Locate the access panel for the power cord on the right rear of the dryer. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screws that secure the access panel and remove the access panel door from the back panel.

  4. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to loosen the terminals on the terminal block for the power cord. Loosen the cord clamp that holds the power cord into place on the back panel. Remove the wires from the terminal block and pull the power cord out of the back panel.

  5. Use the Phillips head screwdriver to loosen the clamp that secures the dryer duct to the Whirlpool dryer exhaust. Pull the dryer duct away from the dryer exhaust and out of your way.

  6. Use a nut driver to remove the hex head screws that secure the back panel to the Whirlpool dryer. Start at the upper right hand corner and work your way around in a clockwise rotation.

  7. Insert the blade of a putty knife between the rear panel and the dryer to create a starting point to pull the back panel off of the dryer. Carefully pull the back panel off of the dryer without bending it and set it out of your way.