Not sure if clothes were pinched between door and rubber boot, or something else created the problem but, the boot and 2 "wire hoops" were mangled. What are the steps to replace these parts? Will probably have to purchase a new rubber boot since it is now deformed.
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Sounds like some article of clothing got between the door glass and door boot and pulled the rubber door boot away from the front of the washer. Check and make sure the rubber boot is not torn. If it is ok you should be able to slip the lip of the door boot back onto the front of the washer, make sure you get it in the grove. Then put the wire retainer back around the boot, you may need an extra hand or two to hold it and stretch the spring back on. Hope this helps
I am not sure how the Whirlpool rubber boot is constructed but the Maytag's can be pulled back enough to get a sponge, washcloth, etc. around it to clean it. If you can get to it try a product like odorban which will clear up any mold, mildew & icky smells without harming the rubber itself.
for model # wsxh208a the part is WH45X10062 -
KIT-BELLOWS & MTG SPRING should be able to change through bottom access panel and door hole. make sure to pull clothes gently straight out of the unit and not at an angle across the rubber boot, it tears really easy.. hope this helps, best of luck, ttfn
the rubber protection is the door boot and it may not be on the door correctly, which is preventing the door from closing correctly. check the door boot and make sure that it's sitting on the door correctly and there are no tears or breaks in it. also, check the door and make sure it shuts correctly. this should solve your problem. if all else fails, replace the door boot.
this is a common problem with all front loaders. you need to manually clean the boot, rubber seal, with bleach and water but when done with that you need to put 1 1/2 cups of bleach in the soap dispeners, run a hot wash with no clothes after that run another rinse to be sure all the bleach is out of washer. inbetween washes, leave washer door open (best) or cracked if no room to leave it open
If the odor does not go away, it is probably time to change the rubber door boot, or you have something stuck in the drain. Take a good look at the rubber around the door. If it has mildew spots and/or mold, it generally won't go away. Pull the rubber back a bit and look BEHIND the boot as well. You may have some lost items stuck in the boot causing the odor. Last of all, UNPLUG the washer and remove the lower kick panel under the door by removing the three 7mm screws and check the drain pump for foreign objects. There's only one pump inside the washer so it won't be too hard to find. It is usually white in color and has a screw off access cover. There is a bit of residual water that remains in the wash tub all the time. You will need to drain this first or you will have a mess to clean up. You can use some towels or use a shop vac. If you use towels, lay them down around the drain pump and remove the access cover. If you use a shop vac, pull all the residual water from the wash tub through the drain line. Sometimes this pump will build up with all kinds of scunge from soap residue and/or foreign object getting caught. Clean it out real well and run the washer on a bleach cycle with the hottest water setting you have. Let me know if any of this helps you. If you decide to change to door boot, post a response to this solution and I will give you step-by-step procedures.
This is usually an indication that the rear tub bearing is starting to go bad. The bearing is located in the rear shell of the wash tub and cannot be replaced. In order to repair, you would have to replace the entire rear shell because the bearing is actually molded into the plastic. This is common with front loader washing machines.
Another possibility could be items getting caught in the rubber door boot and leaving rubber marks. However, normally this will be associated with a leak somewhere. Inspect the entire door boot and clean in behind the rubber. Inspect for any rips, tears, or places where clothes can get caught. I have experienced clothing getting snagged and actually pulling the door boot off.
If the marks continue to show up on your clothes (they may even turn a brownish color) I would look into an estimate on how much it would cost to have the tub bearing replaced. It is not an easy repair, and it is not cheap. The cost usually runs around $500. I hope this helps.
Unfortunately, when mold and mildew impregnate the rubber door boots on these models, it's nearly impossible to get it to go away. I would recommend replacing the door boot and follow these diligent preventive measures to keep the problem from coming back:
1. Check the area in and around the door boot after each wash for lost articles of clothing like underwear and socks. Also, clean out any lint or debris that collects under the boot. You might want to think about using a mesh garment bag for small items in the future.
2. Wipe the area periodically with a towel to get rid of the accumulation of soap deposits and dirt. This means wiping BEHIND the door boot where it meets the wash tub as well. I recommend waiting until you get ready to do a load of towels. Clean the area with a towel, then throw it directly in the wash.
3. Leave the door OPEN between washes to allow the door boot to air dry. Due to the nature of these door seals, they seal air tight and create an environment for mildew and mold to grow.
4. Run the washer with no load on the hottest cycle you have with nothing but bleach about once a week to keep bacteria to a minimum, and to flush the drain lines and pump.
The door boot costs about $80 to replace, but it may be your only solution to getting rid of the smell and bacteria. Let me know if you decide to replace it. I can give you some pointers.