Removing the top of a GE washing machine requires using a putty knife or flat blunt object to release the spring catch. It may be necessary to lift the console at the back of the machine in order to remove the lid.
The steps required to remove the top of a GE washing machine vary, depending on the specific model. Most washers have a spring catch that holds the top in place. Insert a putty knife or other flat blunt object at the corners of the machine and push gently to release the clips and lift the lid.
Some models require that the timer console be removed first. Remove the screws from the back of the console, lift it out of the way, and then release the spring clips to remove the top. Other consoles include end caps that must be removed first. Check the front corners of the console, remove the screws, and pull out the end caps. These models may also have a lid switch terminal lock and cabinet clips. Use a flat head screwdriver to remove the lock and clips if needed and then release the spring clips to remove the top.
To prevent damage, those attempting repairs should consult the owner's manual and installation instructions for the particular washing machine being repaired. If the manual and instructions are missing, it is possible to search for manuals online using the model number of the washing machine.