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The front load washer does not drain completely from the door gasket area. Not the inside of the machine. I have to use a turkey baster to remove excess water. Cannot close the door after washing or there will be a mold buildup on the rubber gasket.

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It appears your bellow gasket has failed in this instance.

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If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


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Posted on Sep 15, 2010

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