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How to install bellows

Could you e-mail me the instructions for changing the front bellows? It has a tear in it. I've ordered the part, but have no idea how to install it. It is the Whirlpool Duet Model WFW9200SQ00
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Main bellows slipped off


If you're referring to the door bellow (gray rubber seal), the following link explains how to access and install/replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574186-installing_a_door_bellow_on_a_front_load


If the bellow slipped off from the door frame and the outer bellow clamp (wire hoop with spring) came off, skip down to step 12 of the instructions to re-install. It helps to have a second person hold the clamp in place as you insert it back into the bellow groove along the perimeter of the door frame. If the entire bellow came loose from the wash, first, check the bellow to ensure it is not damaged in any way. If there are any rips or tears, the bellow needs to be replaced or it will leak. Replacement parts (if required) can be found at any of the following websites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

All these sites are reputable, offer great service and have competitive pricing, so shop and compare. The first three sites also have helpful exploded view parts diagrams to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need.

Read through the link provided and if you have questions, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you. NOTE: DO NOT overload the washer. This can contribute to premature wear and tear of the bellow and cause items to get lodged in the seal and pull it loose. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for proper loading.

Jun 09, 2010 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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This advice is for the Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet FRONT LOADER style washing machines. A lot of concerns have been raised about door bellows molding, mildewing, and/or ripping and needing replaced. A replacement bellow isn’t cheap (prices vary, but are around $75-80), so hopefully these helpful steps will eliminate the need to call a repair service and pay the additional labor charges. This is a repair of MODERATE difficulty. Just follow these steps:

1. Unplug the washer.
2. Remove the washer top panel by removing the three torx-type screws (or 7mm) where it attaches in the rear of the washer. The panel should slide back, and then lift off.
3. Remove the operator console by removing the dispenser and the scew(s) behind it. Take a putty knife and insert it under the console seam right above the door. If you push in slightly while pulling outwards the panel pops off. Use care not to pull or damage any of the wiring. You can leave the wires attached and simply lay the console across the top of the washer out of the way.
4. Locate the wire hoop retainer around the rubber door boot. It is located behind the rubber seam where it attaches to the door frame. Follow this hoop around to the bottom of the door opening and locate the wire tension spring. Gently pry this spring apart and pull the wire hoop from the groove. Pull the rubber boot from the frame and push it inside towards the wash tub. You will also have to remove the door boot from the fill tube on the left hand side of the door opening. There is a small wire clamp holding it in place.
5. Remove the three screws that hold the door latch assembly in place. This is on the right hand side of the door opening. You can leave the latch in place as long as you remove the screws and push it inside slightly to remove it from the front casing of the washer.
6. Remove the door by removing the screws holding the hinges in place. Use care to support the door hinges when loosening. They can bend. Set the door aside in a location where it will not get stepped on or broken.
7. Remove the lower kick panel under the door. There are 3 screws under the bottom edge holding it in place. Sometimes the panel can stick. A slight tap on either side will knock it free.
8. Remove the front washer casing by removing the four remaining screws that are holding it in place. There should be two at the top and two at the bottom. Set the front casing aside.
9. Remove the old door boot by locating the large clamp that attaches it to the wash tub. Loosen the 7mm nut and the boot will detach from the tub. Also remove the boot from the fill tube coming from the dispenser.
10. Install new door boot on the wash tub and install clamp. There should be instructions that come with the door boot with guide marks to ensure you align it correctly. Once you have the boot in place, tighten the clamp enough to where it is snug. DO NOT over-tighten or you may damage the tub and or clamp. In most cases the clamp will break.
11. Once you have the boot in place, re-install everything in the reverse order of how I explained to disassemble. Make sure you connect the door latch assembly BEFORE you re-install the outer portion of the door boot. Also, make sure you install the boot completely over the fill tube. There should be a ridge on the tube where to stop. Sometimes the tube is not inserted all way into the boot and water will leak behind it. The clamp is always difficult to get back in place. If you cannot get the clamp to go back over the tube, you can live without it. Some newer models do not have them installed. Just make sure it is a snug fit where the rubber boot fits ALL the way back to the plastic ridge on the tube.
12. When you get the point where you are ready to install the door boot back over the frame of the door opening ensure you fit it snugly all the way around the door. Beginning at the top of the door, start inserting the wire hoop back into the groove. Make sure to wire spring points towards the bottom. As you work your way around the door to the 4 and 8 o'clock positions, you will need to maintain some constant downward pressure while pulling the spring apart in order to snap it back into place. It would be advisable to use a second set of hands to hold the wire hoop in place while doing this as it has the tendency to want to come out of the groove.
13. Once the door boot is back in place, re-install the operator console and washer top.
14. At the operator console, select DRAIN SPIN, NO SPIN and press any button under OPTIONS 4 times (has to be the same button, though). This will place the washer in diagnostics mode. You should hear the door latch lock and "C00" will be displayed on the console. The washer will run through a series of tests filling the tub, tumbling, draining, and then a final spin. If you do not wish to wait for the test to complete you can press CANCEL at any time. The test checks out everything and takes about 15 minutes. Look for any leaks.

I hope you find these instructions helpful and good luck to you.

on May 03, 2010 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Front seal inside replacing


If you are referring to the gray rubber door seal (called the bellow), the following link explains step-by-step how to change the door bellow on a Whirlpool Duet series front loader:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574186-installing_a_door_bellow_on_a_front_load

Replacement parts can be purchased at any of the following web sites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

I have found these sites to be reputable and provide great service. Prices differ between them, so shop and compare. The first three sites I've listed have helpful exploded view parts illustrations to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need.
NOTE: The manufacturer recommends that you leave the door OPEN between washes to prevent constant pressure on the door seal which can stretch it out of shape over time. It is also beneficial to allow the wash tub to air out to prevent mold and mildew from forming and will also minimize any odors that may develop. Overloading the washer can also contribute to the premature wear and tear on the bellow which can lead to rips, tears and possible dislodging from the bellow clamp seals. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for loading in your owner's manual.

If you have any questions about this repair, please post back and let me know. If the link does not take you directly to the instructions I provided, copy and paste the link to your web browser. I hope you find this information helpful.

May 14, 2010 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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What causes the tears in the bellow seals on front loaded washers


It’s caused by gradual wear and tear through the vibration of the machine and rotation of the drum. If they are breaking down too often then it may be that your washing detergent mix or use of bleach or how you clean the bellows is weakening the rubber. Also excessive and heavy loads put more stress on the drum and can cause the drum to lurch dramatically from side to side which will end up in causing the bellows to wear / tear.

Oct 06, 2009 | Washing Machines

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How to reinstall rubber ring between door frame and washer tub on a whirlpool duet washer


The rubber ring is called the "bellow". The following link explains the steps necessary to install one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385211-replacing_door_bellow_whirlpool_duet

Make sure you inspect the bellow to ensure it has no leaks or tears, first. Re-installing a damaged bellow will only result in a leaky washer.

If its only the front bellow clamp that needs to be re-installed, skip down to step 12. If the rear clamp has come loose where it attaches to the front of the wash tub, then you will have to follow all the steps that require you to remove the front panel. It may sound intimidating, but its an easy repair if you follow the steps provided.

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

Sep 11, 2009 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Door seal tangled in wash load.


It sounds like one of your retaining clamps may have come loose or something sharp may have snagged the door bellow and pulled it loose. You will need to inspect the bellow for any potential rips or tears and ensure the front and rear clamps that hold it in place are still intact and useable. You may be able to simply reattach the bellow and won't require parts. The following link explains how to replace a door bellow and lists the steps required for accessing and installing the clamps:

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

This isn't difficult, but it can be tedious. If you require replacement parts, you can order from any of the following web sites:

searspartsdirect.com
appliancepartspros.com
pcappliancerepair.com
repairclinic.com

The part numbers for Kenmore Elite are as follows:

Door Bellow: 8181850
Front Bellow Clamp: 8182211
Rear Bellow Clamp: 8182210

All these sites offer great service if you determine you need parts. Shop around for the best prices.

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

Sep 03, 2009 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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How to change bellows on Kenmore front loading washer


First remove the bottom kick plate at bottom. Then tear off the front of the bellows from around the door. Inside there is a big hose clamp holding the inside if it. Remove completely.
Now,put the inside on first, Tightening the inside clamp. Easy so far, right?
My trick to the outer spring:put a little liquid detergent or soap on out bellow where spring attaches,start at top and work it down and around, use needlenose pliers to help with hard part. Good Luck.

Mar 13, 2009 | Washing Machines

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How do I replace the kenmore he2 bellow?


door boot not eady to install,, if you can but machine on a 45 tipp back and place 4x4 wood to hold in front it has a clamp remove ,, now there is another clamp once u can remove boot ,,

Dec 30, 2008 | Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer

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Torn bellows


When you get the bellows repair kit for your model, it should have the instructions and all the necessary parts for replacement.
You may need to use some muscle to replace it and may take 1 to 2 hours to complete. If you have trouble finding the part or if there are not sufficient instructions included, then email  back! ok?

Feb 07, 2008 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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How to replace the door bellows seal ?


I need some one to tell me how to install the rubber seal on a bosch maxx Eurowasher front loader washing machine. Part of the seal ripped off so water leaks out. Its only 6 months old and its not covered by warranty.

Jan 24, 2008 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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