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Drum Gasket in GE front load is a design flaw

I have had my GE in Front Load for 2.5 years a chunk in the drum gasket appeared and my husband ordered a new gasket for $150 and attempted to replace it. What a nightmare. Sounds like a defect in the product design. Anyone have any tips how to install the gasket?

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  • fixrguy May 11, 2010

    send me your model # of the unit located in the area of the front door and msg me back I'll see if I can guide you..............

  • Grace Mainhood Nov 16, 2012

    my front loader bellow has seperated from the drum twice now , first time it was still on warrenty we had it repaired byGE now we havent been able to even find the part for it.

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Since each model can be slightly different and without your particular model number, you might want to confirm that the gasket you have 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 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 a 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

If you enter in your model number, you can see the line drawing for your particular washer and verify you have the correct part.

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!

Posted on Sep 17, 2009

  • Grace Mainhood Nov 16, 2012

    thankyou for the information, this will make my repair 100 times easier

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