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Bellow seal leaking


The following link explains step-by-step how to replace the bellow if its leaking:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385211-replacing_door_bellow_whirlpool_duet

If the bellow has simply come loose from the tub facing and/or the door facing, you may just be able to reattach it and save you the cost of replacing it. The link provided will give you the steps to do this. You also need to check all the dispenser hoses that pentrate the bellow to make sure they are installed correctly. If any of the dispenser hoses have pushed behind the rubber, or have cracks in them, you will have a leak that may appear to be the bellow, but isn't. Inspect the bellow by pulling back the rubber folds and check the perimeter.

If the bellow is torn, you will need to replace it. If the model number you posted this question under is correct, the part number for a new bellow is 8182119. Some other parts you may consider are the rear bellow clamp that connects the bellow to the tub facing (part number 8182210) and the front bellow clamp that connects the bellow to the door facing (part number 8182211). If your existing clamps are still in good shape, they can be reused.

If parts are required, you can purchase them at any of the following websites:

searspartsdirect.com
appliancepartspros.com
pcappliancerepair.com
repairclinic.com

If you have questions about this repair, or need additional assistance please let me know. I hope this helps you.

Sep 14, 2009 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Kenmore HE2 plus 11047532601


If it's stackable, you'll want to start by removing the dryer.
Open the door and remove the outer bellow spring around the bellow to release it from the cabinet lip. At this point lean the machine back to give more space between the drum and the cabinet.
Remove the kickplate for easier access and to visually check for leaks later.
At the top/right of the bellows (close to the tub) loosen the bellow to tub clamp and pull out the bellow.
Install the new bellow starting at the top by aligning the marks. Work your way around until bellows is properly seated snug against the tub.
Replace the tub to bellow clamp and tighten it (make sure the bellow stays snug against the tub while tightening the clamp). Once in place, lay the machine back to level and reinstall the front of the bellows to the cabinet with the outer bellow spring clamp.
With towels handy (just in case), let the machine fill and agitate for a few minutes and check for water leaks. If all is well, re-install the kickplate and wash some laundry.
Good luck!

Feb 22, 2009 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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Questions about the Bellow?


If the door bellow is twisted, it may just be a simple matter of a clamp that has come loose allowing the bellow to shift. If its the front clamp located around the door opening, this can easily be resolved by removing the clamp, repositioning the bellow and reinserting the clamp. If its the rear clamp, however, you may have to remove the front of the washer to gain full access to it. There is an aligment mark (arrow) on the bellow at the 12 o'clock postion where it meets the wash tub. You need to make sure the arrow is pointing straight up. The following link explains how to replace a bellow:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385210-replacing_door_bellow_kenmore_elite

Use this link even if you do not decide to replace the bellow. It provides good information on how the bellow is installed. Bottom line, if the bellow is not leaking, and you can resolve the twist, you do not need to replace it. Make sure you inspect for cracks or tears. As far as the additional components are concerned, inspect the clamps that you have before buying new ones. I've only had to replace these clamps on rare occasion. Last of all, "Yes", this is a job for a do-it-yourselfer. Its a little time consuming, but can be accomplished easily by following the link I provided. If you have questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

PS You may check repairclinic.com to see if they carry the bellow at a lower price. They offer competitive pricing and often carry the SAME part for less.

Aug 21, 2008 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3t Front Load Washer

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Kenmore Bellow Replacement


Make sure the drain holes are clear in the bottom of the bellow. Also, make sure the bellow is aligned properly. There should have been an alignment arrow at the 12 o'clock position. Hope this helps.

Aug 05, 2008 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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Worn out bellows


The bellow definitely should not deform in the manner that you describe. When you replaced the bellow, did you line it up correctly? There are alignment marks (Arrows) on the tub and the bellow to ensure it is installed correctly? If the bellow is not aligned correctly, it will twist when the tub spins. If the shocks are worn, the bellow could also deform, but you would probably experience excessive vibrating during the final spin. If you are sure the bellow is installed correctly, and wish to replace the shocks, let me know. There are four of them on your washer. I believe they are sold in pairs. If you post your complete model number (located around the door opening), I can assist you in locating parts.

Jun 20, 2008 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3t Front Load Washer

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How to replace the door bellows seal ?


I need some one to tell me how to install the rubber seal on a bosch maxx Eurowasher front loader washing machine. Part of the seal ripped off so water leaks out. Its only 6 months old and its not covered by warranty.

Jan 24, 2008 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Duet washer leaking


If the leak started occurring after the bellow was replaced, and it's on the left hand side of the door, I suspect the bellow is not seated around the fill tube all the way. I have experienced this problem before. Check the fill tube where it comes in by the door. The rubber should be seated back far enough to allow the tube to fill into the tub without obstruction. It could be that the fill tube is forcing water BEHIND the bellow and leaking into the washer and on to the floor. To answer your question, "YES", replacing the bellow could have caused your leak.

Sep 29, 2007 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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