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Access to the door relay of Kenmore Elite?

What is the best way to access the door relay of a front load Kenmore Elite washing machine?

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If you are attempting to replace or troubleshoot the door latch mechanism, the following link explains how to access and/or replace:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575840-replacing_a_door_latch

The easiest method is to go through the door bellow. You can attempt to reach the latch by removing the top panel of the washer and working from the top, but it can be difficult to reach for some people. If you have quesitons, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010

Testimonial: "I was afraid you were going to say that; I've changed the bellow before, and was happy to have been done with the job (ha-ha). Thanks very much. "

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Apr 29, 2010

    If you follow the steps I provided, you don't have to remove the entire bellow. You just remove the outer bellow clamp (wire hoop) and push the bellow inside, so you can access the door latch through the door opening. The repair is much easier than you think.

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1. Remove the lower panel under the door by loosening the three screws under the bottom edge on the front of the washer. HINT: If you prop up the front feet of the washer with some small blocks of wood, this will make access to the screws much easier.
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1. Remove the lower panel under the door by loosening the three screws under the bottom edge on the front of the washer. HINT: If you prop up the front feet of the washer with some small blocks of wood, this will make access to the screws much easier.
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