Remove a Stuck GE Washer Agitator

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Top-loading washing machines usually use a part called an agitator (which looks like a large screw or drill bit in the middle of the washing compartment) to "stir" (or, in other words, "agitate") the clothes being washed.

If the agitator stops working properly, maintenance and repair work may require removing it.

Because different washing machines' agitators are attached in different ways, it's important to know how to remove the agitator properly to avoid damaging it and incurring a costly repair.

If you are removing the GE washer agitator because you have a piece of clothing stuck underneath it, please try untwisting the stuck clothing free before trying to remove the agitator.

Figure out the direction in which the agitator spins (usually the direction in which it is easy to turn the drum), then hold the outside drum in place while spinning the agitator in the opposite direction.

This is to reverse the direction of the agitator to untwist the clothing from underneath it.

As you continue to reverse spin the agitator, slowly pull the piece of clothing out and untwist until it is completely free of the agitator. If this fails, then try removing the agitator to retrieve your clothing.