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Replacing the rubber gasket on Kenmore elite HE 3t

Can you explain how I can remove large rubber front door gasket for cleaing, mine is mildewed? Thanks. Jerry

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Re: Replacing the rubber gasket on Kenmore elite HE 3t

Probably some rubberize installation are screw to the case or body/ you only need pollout are screw driver philips or flat .

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The following link explains how to replace the door bellow on a Kenmore Elite front loader:

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

NOTE: Review some of the testimonials as well. One user (DGBG) offers a quicker way of replacing the bellow if you're willing to give it a try.

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fix it your self and save big,,im going to talk you through..and give you the part number...what you need is the bellows part # 8182119...ok vack unplug the door,,now you see the front lip of the bellow theres a wire with a spring stick a srew driver and pull off,,wire off ..ok now look in the unit right behind the front panel and in front of the tub in the upper right hand corner of tub font or bellows backside there a nut take screwdiver and losen pull bellows off,,easy to put back just reverse but open clamp a bit on back...onthejob

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You need to replace the rubber gasket around the door.

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Replacing Door Gasket on Kenmore Elite HE3

The following link explains how to replace the door bellow on a Kenmore front loader:

Replacement door bellows can be purchased online at Just type in your model number and look under the "Door and Latch" heading for item number 5 (part #8181850). I would also suggest items 6 and 14, which are the front and back bellow clamps (if needed). Sometimes the clamps can break.

To keep your door bellow clean and free of mildew in the future, I recommend you read the following link:

I personally own, one these models and have never had a mildew or odor problem by following these simple steps (and I have a family of 8). If you do not like leaving the door open, because of small children, the control panel can be locked so the controls cannot be manipulated. Do this by pushing and holding the "Drain/Spin" button for 3 seconds (this information shouod be printed on the control panel under the button).

I hope this information helps you.

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all front loads all brands have same issue with mold people today tend to use less bleach CHLORINE BLEACH that is ..allow machine to fill with hot water normal wash pour 2 cups CHLORINE BLEACH in water allow to wash a few min to mix open door and with cloth wash inside of door gasket be sure to roll gasket back and wash underneath lip allow to finish complete cycle should remove most of mold try to this every few months..also leave door open between use to allow moisture to dry out as much as possible like i said YOU ARE NOT ALONE

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HELP!! Kenmore Elite top load STINKS during use

The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.

PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a "Clean Cycle" available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.

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