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Repair question.... I just ordered parts for my washer...I need to know how to enter the machine to put a new bellows seal ...and a door latch..the receiving part of the door latch...Do I go through the side panel??..or will does the intire surround have to be removed to get me where I need to go???

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If u mean the door seal then u can change this b un-plugging the washer take lid of by the screws in the back at the top once off u now can see inside look to the front u should see a screw clamp which holds the door seal on the outer drum undo that also open the door there should be a spring clamp take off the door seal should pull out change door seal

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Replace bellow seal


Hello.

1 Unplug the power cord. Pull the Whirlpool Duet away from the wall. Remove the screws at the back of the machine using a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the top panel from the machine and set it aside.

2 Remove the soap dispenser from the front of the machine by pulling it out and depressing the button at the back to release it. Remove the soap dispenser bracket retaining screws, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the dispenser bracket out of the washer.

3 Remove the retaining screws from the control panel with a Phillips screwdriver. Release the locking clips and flip the control panel on top of the machine. There is no need to disconnect the wiring harness. Open the washing machine door and remove the retaining screws from the door latch, using a nut driver.

4 Remove the outer retaining spring from the bellow seal using a pair of needle-nose pliers to grasp the loop and pull it out. Peel the bellow away from the door opening, using your fingers. Push the bellow seal inside the machine after you release it from the door opening.

5 Lift the front of the washing machine and put a wooden block under it.
Remove the retaining screws from the bottom of the front panel using a nut driver. Remove the wooden block from under the washing machine and lower the unit back to the floor. Remove the screws at the top of the front panel with a nut driver. Pull the panel away from the machine and set it aside.

6 Pull the old bellow seal from the machine. Unplug the white and black hoses from the old bellow seal . Remove the spring clamp from the bellow and throw the old bellow seal away. Rub liquid laundry soap on the groove of the new bellow seal. Push the new bellow seal onto the washtub with the opening for the hoses at the top. Push firmly until it is on tight.

7 Install the spring clamp on the new bellow seal into the groove using a Phillips screwdriver. Plug the black and white hoses into the holes at the top of the bellow. Be careful not to damage the bellow seal. Place the front of the machine on the frame and install the top screws using a nut driver. Push the door latch through the hole and install the retaining screws.

8 Press the bellow seal into place around the door opening and install the spring clamp around the perimeter of the bellow. Lift the machine and place the wood block under it. Install the bottom screws with the nut driver. Remove the wooden block and place the machine back on the floor. Put the control panel in place and lock the retaining clips.

9 Install the soap dispenser bracket and the retaining screws using a Phillips screwdriver. Install the retaining screws on the control panel. Place the top cover on the machine and install the screws with the Phillips screwdriver. Plug in the power cord and push the machine against the wall. Install the soap dispenser drawer and push it all the way in so the tab locks into place.

Thanks.

Nov 08, 2011 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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I have a frontloading Kenmore washer purchased in 2003. The door will not close, and there is a wire ring that fell off. Can I fix this myself? It looks simple but I don't want to make the problem worse...


The wire ring you are referring to is called the front bellow clamp. This is the clamp the holds the bellow (door seal) in place. This may be causing the problem you are experiencing with the washer door not closing properly. The following link explains how to access and reinstall a door bellow and clamps:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574186-installing_a_door_bellow_on_a_front_load

As long as the spring is still intact on the wire hoop and not broken, the clamp can still be used.

After UNPLUGGING the washer, skip down to step 12. This is explains how to reinstall the wire hoop. Just make sure the bellow seal fits snug all the way around the door perimeter. Then, fit the wire hoop into the groove around the seal. It helps if you have a second person hold it in place as you install it.

Overloading the washer is the most common cause of the front bellow clamp coming off. If there are too many articles in the washer, they can become lodged in the door area and pull on the bellow. Always follow your manufacturer's recommendations in the owner's manual for proper loading.

If the door still won't close properly, you may have a broken door latch mechanism. Check the latch pin on the door and the latch on the door facing and make sure they are still mechanically sound and not broken. If the latch needs replace, the following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575840-replacing_a_door_latch


Replacement parts (if required) can be purchased at any of the following websites:

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

All these sites are reputable and offer great service with competitive pricing, so shop and compare. The first three sites I listed also include helpful exploded view parts diagrams to assist you in locating and properly identifying the parts you need.

If you have any questions, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

May 01, 2010 | Washing Machines

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WASHER IS LEAKING FROM THE BOTTOM MIDDLE OF THE DOOR. IS THIS THE GRAY GASKET OR A PROBLEM WITH THE DOOR ITSELF?


If your front loader is leaking, the following link explains how to access and insprect the interior to accurately determine the cause:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3576656-washer_leak__front_loader


If discover that you need to replace the door bellow (gray rubber seal), the following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574186-installing_a_door_bellow_on_a_front_load

Replacement parts can be purchased at any of the following websites:

searspartrsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

Prices vary between sites, so shop and compare. The first three sites listed also have helpful exploded view parts illustrations to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need. If the model number you have this question listed under is correct, the part number you need is 8182119. The bellow is listed as item 5 under the "Door and Latch Parts" section.

NOTE: Although the bellow DOES wear out with age and can develop holes, overloading the washer can contribute to the premature wear and tear on these seals. Please follow your owner's manual recommended loading procedures.

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

Mar 18, 2010 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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The seal behind the door tore and water is everywherE!!!!!!!!!!! cAN'T FIND A REPLACEMENT PART ANYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


If you need to replace the door bellow (gray rubber seal), the following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574186-installing_a_door_bellow_on_a_front_load

Replacement parts can be purchased at any of the following websites:

searspartrsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

Prices vary between sites, so shop and compare. The first three sites listed also have helpful exploded view parts illustrations to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need. If the model number you have this question listed under is correct, the part number you need is 8182119. The bellow is listed as item 5 under the "Door and Latch Parts" section.

NOTE: Although the bellow DOES wear out with age and can develop holes, overloading the washer can contribute to the premature wear and tear on these seals. Please follow your owner's manual recommended loading procedures.

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

Mar 16, 2010 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Im needing to know how to install the replacement door boot-bellow seal on my front load washing machine. i purchased the seal that i was told is a universal seal due to the original seal part no longer...


Candie, The tub gasket (door seal) is part number #WH08X10022 with a new substitution part #WH08X10036. However, since each model can be slightly different, depending on the serial number which denotes when it was manufactured, you might want to confirm that the above gasket is the correct one for your particular washer.

I'd suggest you call the folks at Sears Parts Direct at 1-800-252-1698 and give them your complete model number AND serial number before you start in on the repair, so you can be sure you have the correct substitution bellows gasket.

It's a relatively easy repair, all you need to do is remove the spring retaining wire around the outer edge of the bellows gasket, just peel it back at the edge to see it. Now locate the locking loop by going around the rim. Once you find the locking loop, you can remove it using a couple pairs of small needle nose pliers as they make it easier to get off.

Once you've done that, you'll see the locking plate that holds the back side of the bellows gasket onto the outer washer tub. Remove those fasteners and you can get the bellows off and start in on putting the new bellows onto the washer, just reversing the order you used in the removal process.

Here's a line drawing that shows the exploded view of the tub section, with the gasket (item #306). Just take your time removing the old gasket so you remember what you're doing and when installing the new gasket so as not to rip or tear it in the process. I'd also suggest you let the gasket relax for a good 4-5 hours (to get the kinks and folds out of it from the packing box) before you do the installation.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getSubComp.pd?modelNumber=WBVH6240F0WW&productCategoryId=0153200&brandId=0432&modelName=WASHER&diagramPageId=00004&componentDescription=TUB%20&%20MOTOR&documentId=G6090504&backToLink=Return%20to%20Sub%20Components%20list

Here's another link to one of my other solutions for installing a bellows gasket on a GE front loading washer that you can also review for more installation tips, etc.

http://www.fixya.com/support/t2730376-need_help_in_installing_door_bellow_ge

Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Sep 17, 2009 | GE WBVH6240F Front Load Washer

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Broken door gasket how to replace on GE front


You'll need to determine which bellows gasket your washer needs before you undertake the repair. Go to the following link and enter in your washer model number to get the line drawing and parts breakdown.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action?pop=flush
Click on the "find a part" and enter in your model number

Typically, the tub gasket (door seal) is part number #WH08X10022 with a new substitution part #WH08X10036. However, since each model can be slightly different, depending on the serial number which denotes when it was manufactured, you might want to confirm that the above gasket is the correct one for your particular washer.

You can also call the folks at Sears Parts Direct at 1-800-252-1698 and give them your complete model number AND serial number before you start in on the repair, so you can be sure you have the correct substitution bellows gasket.

It's a relatively easy repair, all you need to do is remove the spring retaining wire around the outer edge of the bellows gasket, just peel it back at the edge to see it. Now locate the locking loop by going around the rim. Once you find the locking loop, you can remove it using a couple pairs of small needle nose pliers as they make it easier to get off.

Once you've done that, you'll see the locking plate that holds the back side of the bellows gasket onto the outer washer tub. Remove those fasteners and you can get the bellows off and start in on putting the new bellows onto the washer, just reversing the order you used in the removal process.

Just take your time removing the old gasket so you remember what you're doing and when installing the new gasket so as not to rip or tear it in the process. I'd also suggest you let the gasket relax for a good 4-5 hours (to get the kinks and folds out of it from the packing box) before you do the installation.

Here's another link to one of my other solutions for installing a bellows gasket on a GE front loading washer that you can also review for more installation tips, etc.

http://www.fixya.com/support/t2730376-need_help_in_installing_door_bellow_ge

Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Sep 15, 2009 | GE Washing Machines

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WASHING MACHINGE NEEDS A NEW DOOR SEAL


Yes, this is a relatively easy repair for the DIY'er to do themselves. With your brand and model number, you can easily determine what the part number is the bellows gasket to replace your damaged one. Typically the gasket costs less than $130 and you'll save at least another $150 in service tech fees by doing it yourself.

Go to www.searspartsdirect.com and click on the Find A Part link and enter in your Model number and it'll bring up a couple of links for your washer. You'll want to click on the "front panel and door" or the "tub and motor" link to see the line drawing and parts list for your washer.

Look for the bellows gasket and that's the part you'll need to fix your washer.

Here's how to undertake the repair:

It's a relatively easy repair, all you need to do is remove the spring retaining wire around the outer edge of the bellows gasket, just peel it back at the edge to see it. Now locate the locking loop by going around the rim. Once you find the locking loop, you can remove it using a couple pairs of small needle nose pliers as they make it easier to get off.

Once you've done that, you'll see the locking plate that holds the back side of the bellows gasket onto the outer washer tub. Remove those fasteners and you can get the bellows off and start in on putting the new bellows onto the washer, just reversing the order you used in the removal process.

Just take your time removing the old gasket so you remember what you're doing and when installing the new gasket so as not to rip or tear it in the process. I'd also suggest you let the gasket relax for a good 4-5 hours (to get the kinks and folds out of it from the packing box) before you do the installation.

Here's another link to one of my other solutions for installing a bellows gasket on a GE front loading washer that you can also review for more installation tips, etc.

http://www.fixya.com/support/t2730376-need_help_in_installing_door_bellow_ge

Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Sep 11, 2009 | Washing Machines

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Tiny piece of rubber seal is torn off- water leaks from front end


You can't really repair the seal, but you can replace it with a new one for under $130 if you do the repair yourself. You can order it online or from a local appliance shop, as prices vary slightly from place to place.

The tub gasket (door seal) is part number #WH08X10022 with a new substitution part #WH08X10036. However, since each model can be slightly different, depending on the serial number which denotes when it was manufactured, you might want to confirm that the above gasket is the correct one for your particular washer.

I'd suggest you call the folks at Sears Parts Direct at 1-800-252-1698 and give them your complete model number AND serial number before you start in on the repair, so you can be sure you have the correct substitution bellows gasket.

It's a relatively easy repair, all you need to do is remove the spring retaining wire around the outer edge of the bellows gasket, just peel it back at the edge to see it. Now locate the locking loop by going around the rim. Once you find the locking loop, you can remove it using a couple pairs of small needle nose pliers as they make it easier to get off.

Once you've done that, you'll see the locking plate that holds the back side of the bellows gasket onto the outer washer tub. Remove those fasteners and you can get the bellows off and start in on putting the new bellows onto the washer, just reversing the order you used in the removal process.

Here's a line drawing that shows the exploded view of the tub section, with the gasket (item #306). Just take your time removing the old gasket so you remember what you're doing and when installing the new gasket so as not to rip or tear it in the process. I'd also suggest you let the gasket relax for a good 4-5 hours (to get the kinks and folds out of it from the packing box) before you do the installation.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getSubComp.pd?modelNumber=WCVH6260F0WW&productCategoryId=0153200&brandId=0432&modelName=WASHER&diagramPageId=00004&componentDescription=TUB%20&%20MOTOR&documentId=G6090505&backToLink=Return%20to%20Sub%20Components%20list

Here's another link to one of my other solutions for installing a bellows gasket on a GE front loading washer that you can also review for more installation tips, etc.

http://www.fixya.com/support/t2730376-need_help_in_installing_door_bellow_ge

Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Sep 10, 2009 | GE Energy Star WCVH6260F 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.

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