Question about Washing Machines
MY WASHING MACHINGE NEEDS A NEW DOOR SEAL. WILL I BE ABLE TO CHANGE IT MYSELF? SOME OF THE RUBBER HAS COME AWAY AND, NATURALLY IT LEAKS QUITE A BIT NOW. THE MACHINE IS QUITE GOOD OTHERWISE. I CAN SEE A BIT OF RUST ON THE EDGE OF THE SEAL AND WONDER WOULD IT ALL FALL APART WHEN I TRY TO GET THE OLD SEAL OFF:
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.
Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
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