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How to Take Off the Agitator in a GE Top-Load Washer

If you notice that the clothes in your washer aren't spinning the way they should, it might be time for a new agitator. That's the plastic device in the middle of the wash tub shaped like a top. The agitator spins in the water and helps the clothes become exposed to the detergent. You can take off the agitator in a GE top-load washer to repair it or to replace it with a new one.

  1. Unplug your GE washer from the outlet.

  2. Raise the washer hood and prop it open.

  3. Remove the fabric dispenser from the top of the agitator, if present. Most of these will unscrew off counterclockwise. If there is no fabric dispenser, remove the agitator cap by prying it off the top with a flat-head screwdriver.

  4. Use a socket wrench (and extension, if needed) to remove the agitator bolt in the center of the agitator.

  5. Place your hands underneath the agitator. Turn your head away from the washer opening to prevent an accident if the agitator flies off suddenly. Slowly pull the agitator up and off the agitator hub.

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Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.