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Tub seal has rip therefore washer is leaking.

My Kenmore Elite HE3t front loading washer has a rip in the tub seal therefore the washer leaks water. I looked at sears parts and I think that the tub seal is called the bellow but I can't get through to anyone at sears to ask before I order the part. How hard is it to replace the seal myself of should I call a repair man to do it?

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Its pretty comlicated requires dissasembly of the front of the washer. A good tech can do in 1 hour. You may want to pay for it rather than spending all day and possibly damaging something. Let me know if you need further assistance.

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Solution #2 posted on Jan 24, 2008 Tub seal has rip therefore washer is leaking. - 0%20stars_w.png
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Replace the front bellow or front seal, as it may be called. It is an inner tube shaped rubber liner that seals between the front of the washer door and the front of the drum. The cost is about $35.00-$40.00 and you will need the kit as it includes the rubber spacers that are essential to doing the job. The job takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete. It is not hard, but it is dedious and requires some basic skills. Directions included in the kit are helpful. You can do an internet search for the part and many appliance parts shops will carry the part. Do a search for appliance parts in your area and see if they carry that part on line, or you can call them tomorrow. I imagine a pair of strong hands would help as you seperate the outer groove that goes into the drum lip, then replace the spring that holds it in place there.

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