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Re: How to replace a Whirlpool Duet washer bellow tub door seal
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2011, 11:08:54 PM »
Is there a way to reliably patch the bellow?  I have replaced three parts on this washer already an I am not keen on buying another replacement part.

No, not that I know of. If I recall correctly sometime ago one of our forum members tried to patch one using bicycle tire patches. It held for awhile, but then started to leak.
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Re: How to replace a Whirlpool Duet washer bellow tub door seal
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2011, 11:17:08 PM »
use RTV 3M™ Scotch-Seal™ Industrial Sealant 800 this stuff will stick to anything,,,
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Re: How to replace a Whirlpool Duet washer bellow tub door seal
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2011, 12:09:21 AM »
I actually tried the bicycle tire patch, it lasts a couple days.  After finding this post I patched it from the inside to tide me over until I can find a better solution.  I am actually considering junking the whole thing and going back to a top loading washer.  So far I have had a broken strut, punctured internal drain hose and despite my best efforts (using very little HE detergent/ leaving door open after use / cleaning trap) the washer stinks of mildew.

Is there a way to reliably patch the bellow?  I have replaced three parts on this washer already an I am not keen on buying another replacement part.

No, not that I know of. If I recall correctly sometime ago one of our forum members tried to patch one using bicycle tire patches. It held for awhile, but then started to leak.


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Re: How to replace a Whirlpool Duet washer bellow tub door seal
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2011, 12:16:16 AM »
use RTV 3M™ Scotch-Seal™ Industrial Sealant 800 this stuff will stick to anything,,,

Thanks I'll see if I can find it

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Re: How to replace a Whirlpool Duet washer bellow tub door seal
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2011, 10:38:33 AM »
Hi from the UK

Here in the UK it is recommended to carry out the hottest wash the machine can do ,at least once a month to kill off bacteria as low temperature washes do not kill the bacteria. Most washers in the UK are front loaders and  people here wash at low temp.
The bacteria cause the door seals to turn black if not killed off by high temp washes. So I change more seals because of this than seals that are damaged.

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Re: How to replace a Whirlpool Duet washer bellow tub door seal
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2011, 08:45:37 PM »
Is it possible to do this repair without removing the top of the washer? My washer has the dryer stacked on top and they're both wedged into a very tight alcove...

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Re: How to replace a Whirlpool Duet washer bellow tub door seal
« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2011, 08:56:42 PM »
Is it possible to do this repair without removing the top of the washer? My washer has the dryer stacked on top and they're both wedged into a very tight alcove...

I do not believe so, if it's like the model shown in the photo you will have to remove the top before you can take the control panel off.
What is the model number of your washer?
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Re: How to replace a Whirlpool Duet washer bellow tub door seal
« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2011, 09:23:43 AM »
The model number is GHW9400PW0 -- it's very similar to the one pictured in your photos above.

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Re: How to replace a Whirlpool Duet washer bellow tub door seal
« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2011, 09:34:43 AM »
I took a quick look at the GHW9400PW0 Diagram and yes it does look the same.

I don't recall ever having to change one on a stacked pair, but I do believe your washer and dryer are regular separate units simply connected with a stacker kit.

I believe you will need to remove the dryer if you are going to remove the top of the washer and so on like I showed above. I have never replace a bellows on any front load washer without removing the front and I think on all brands that requires removing the top too.

That's just been my experience with them.

Your model washer uses bellows part # 8182119




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Re: How to replace a Whirlpool Duet washer bellow tub door seal
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2011, 08:22:41 AM »
Seems that the dryer is bolted to the top of the washer using the stacking kit -- so removing the top of the washer is going to be an enormous task, and beyond my abilities. And I'm not willing/able to spend the hundreds of dollars a service call for this would likely cost.

Upthread, someone had recommended using a sealant product to try to fix a front leak -- is there any more information about this? (How to use it, where to apply it, etc...)

Otherwise, I'll have to continue with my "towel in front of the washing machine to soak up the leaks" method...

Thanks!


 

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