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I have a gfws3500loww ge appliance and the front load door wont latch. Its not the switch because it locks fine and i even replaced it already.Male piece on the door is not broke.

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Posted on Feb 10, 2009


Carl Schulzetenberg

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SOURCE: GE front load washer WSXH208v1ww door latch

Unfortunately, the "door latch assembly" is what you would need. It comes with a new concrete front tub counter weight which is redesigned to not be able to contact the door latch switch on out of balance spins. It is also a lot of work to replace. (you can not get just the little plastic part) Please don't rate this solution, as anything but a Fix-Ya lowers my score, and I know you don't want to shoot the messenger.

Posted on Mar 08, 2009


Barry Coates

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SOURCE: Door latch broken

Look in yellow pages if you are in the U/K, and ring Hotpoint service, who are the service agents for Ariston.
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SOURCE: Broken door gasket how to replace on GE front

You'll need to determine which bellows gasket your washer needs before you undertake the repair. Go to the following link and enter in your washer model number to get the line drawing and parts breakdown.
Click on the "find a part" and enter in your model number

Typically, the tub gasket (door seal) is part number #WH08X10022 with a new substitution part #WH08X10036. However, since each model can be slightly different, depending on the serial number which denotes when it was manufactured, you might want to confirm that the above gasket is the correct one for your particular washer.

You can also call the folks at Sears Parts Direct at 1-800-252-1698 and give them your complete model number AND serial number before you start in on the repair, so you can be sure you have the correct substitution bellows gasket.

It's a relatively easy repair, all you need to do is remove the spring retaining wire around the outer edge of the bellows gasket, just peel it back at the edge to see it. Now locate the locking loop by going around the rim. Once you find the locking loop, you can remove it using a couple pairs of small needle nose pliers as they make it easier to get off.

Once you've done that, you'll see the locking plate that holds the back side of the bellows gasket onto the outer washer tub. Remove those fasteners and you can get the bellows off and start in on putting the new bellows onto the washer, just reversing the order you used in the removal process.

Just take your time removing the old gasket so you remember what you're doing and when installing the new gasket so as not to rip or tear it in the process. I'd also suggest you let the gasket relax for a good 4-5 hours (to get the kinks and folds out of it from the packing box) before you do the installation.

Here's another link to one of my other solutions for installing a bellows gasket on a GE front loading washer that you can also review for more installation tips, etc.

Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Posted on Sep 17, 2009


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SOURCE: door won't close/lock

Just had the same issue. The latch, which rotates up and forward, is spring-loaded towards the rear. If 'tripped' to closed position, it cannot rotate back down until it's carrier/hinge slides slightly forward. I bent a sturdy wire into a long 'U', then bent both ends down (~3/8in) and slightly outward to hook over the latch-hinges and pull both sides gently (its plastic) forward, while rotating the latch downward with a small screwdriver. be careful to keep what appears to be a brown plastic button raised, if it pops down from above the latch. Yes, having 4 hands would help, but the 'U' wire can pull from behind the two outer edges with one finger. Once the latch rotates down, release tension on the 'U' wire and extricate it - problem solved.

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You will need to remove the lower front panel. There are 3 screws along the bottom. Remove these screws and remove the panel. Next, pull the plastic pull tab on the bottom of the latch assembly to manually unlock the door latch and then shut the door. Then start a cycle and cycle it to see if it will unlock on it's own. If not then you need to replace yoru door latch assembly. Here is a link to the part.

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We tried this and it did not there anything else we can do?

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not really unfortunately, you can try holding the door switch button in and try to start and cycle a cycle but I'm not sure that will work either, it sounds like you might just need a new latch assembly.

Does the latch have an actuater that would buzz or make a weird noise during a cycle?

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