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The door seal in my kenmore elite HE3 is ripping...is it replaceable?

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Yes, it is. This is a fairly simple repair that anyone can do with a little guidance. The following link explains step-by-step how to install a door bellow on a Kenmore Elite front loader:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385210-replacing_door_bellow_kenmore_elite

Read through the link provided and let me know if you have any questions.

NOTE: There is another method you may try as well. Although I do not prefer this next method because these washing machines are very heavy, an alternative way of replacing the door bellow is to remove the lower toe panel and tilt the washer back at a 45 degree angle instead of removing the washer front panel. If you use this method, make sure it rests against the wall and will not tip forward. This allows the wash tub to drop down and away from the front panel and gives you access to the the rear bellow clamp through the bottom. This can save you some time. Thanks to user DGBG for the helpful tip.

If you would like some helpful exploded view diagrams of your washer that you can reference, you can use any of these web sites:

searspartsdirect.com
appliancepartspros.com
pcappliancerepair.com

Just use your model number to begin your search criteria.

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

NOTE: These door seals do wear out and require replacement from time to time. However, overloading the washer to the point where items get caught in the door area can contribute to premature wear and tear.

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SOURCE: Door Seal

Just follow this link and it will explain how to replace the door seal:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385210-replacing_door_bellow_kenmore_elite

This is a very simple repair, if you follow the step-by-step instructions. Take your time and if you have questions, let me know. I hope this helps you.

PS An alternative method is to work through the door with the front panel in place, but this limits access. To make things easier, it is strongly recommended that you remove the front panel.

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