This Kenmore washer maintenance guide will show you how to change the rubber boot seal on the front loading Kenmore washer. The rubber seal acts as a flexible gasket between the door and the drum that prevents leaks. Examine the door boot seal to determine whether the washer is leaking from the underside of the front panel.
If you find that the Kenmore washer door boot is damaged, replace it with a manufacturer-approved washer part. Shut off the power. Remove the power cable. Wear gloves for protection of your hands. Ask someone to help you move the washer from the wall. Remove the top layer. Pull the top panel toward the back of the washer. Then, lift it off and then lower it. Take off the control panel: Remove the screw located on the left back of the control panel. The dispenser drawer is pulled upwards until it comes to a stop. Release the locking tab at the back of the drawer, and then pull it out of the housing for the dispenser.
Remove the screws on the opposite side of the dispenser housing. By pressing the release tabs, remove wire harness connections to the control panel. Slide the connectors apart. To unplug the top, sit before the washer. Remove the control panel from the Kenmore washer. Remove the front panel: Unlock the drain pump cover on the bottom of the washer front panel. The screw that holds the housing of the plastic pump to its frame has been removed. The housing for the plastic pump should be removed. Take off the mounting screw at the at the bottom of the front panel. Then, open the Kenmore door for the washer. Make use of the spring pliers on the outer side to increase the size of the spring clamp and then remove it from the door boot. Let the rubber door boot off the lip in the opening for the washer tub on the front of the panel. The 7 screws at the top of the front panel must be removed. Turn off the Kenmore washer. Tip the top of the front panel up and disconnect the wiring harness from the lock/switch.
Clean the washer from the front panel. Remove the counterbalances’ weights. Remove the bolts that hold the counterbalance’s weight at the bottom and take off the tub’s top counterbalance weight. You can repeat the same process to remove top counterbalance weight. Take off the door boot. Make use of pliers to allow the spring clamps to be released. After that, remove the hoses from the boot of the door. Unplug the wire harness from the light on the drum by depressing the locking tab. The inner spring tool may be used to release the spring clamp. The door boot is taken out of the tub. Install the new boot. Install the new door boot inside the tub along the front lip.
Make sure that the hoses are aligned properly. Work the door boot into the lip of the washer tub making sure you sit it in the tub. Install the spring clamp onto the lip with the spring placed at 12 at 12. The spring pliers on the inside can be used to expand the spring clamp. Plug the harness for the light to the drum back in. Make sure that the locking tab snaps into place. The hoses should be pushed onto the door boot connectors and secure them with spring clamps. To prevent rubbing, leave enough space between the spring clamps and the door boot.
Reinstall the counterbalances’ weights
Make use of the mounting bolts for reinstalling the counterbalance on the bottom. Continue to follow the procedure until you have reinstalled the top counterbalance weight. Install the front washer panel. Position the panel in the front of the cabinet. Connect the wiring harness for the door switch. The mounting screws should be aligned on the top of your front panel with the holes on the frame by lifting the front panel onto it. Place the seven mounting screws at the top of the front panel and tighten them firmly. Then, open the Kenmore door for washing. The door boot should be placed around the opening on the front of the panel. Secure the door boot with the spring clamp. Screw it into the bottom base of the Kenmore washer, in the opening to the pump housing. Tighten. The drain pump’s filter housing should be pushed into the recess of the washer’s bottom panel. Install the mounting screws, then secure it.
Close the drain pump housing door. Reinstall the control panel: Set the control panel to the top of the front panel. Install the screws in the dispenser housing. Install the screw to the back right of the control panel. Install the wire harness connections for the control panel. Set the detergent dispenser into the drawer’s housing. Reinstall the top panel: The panel should be pushed down and then forward, allowing it to sit on the washer frame. Install the screws to ensure the back panel is secured.
Avoid over tightening. Turn on the power supply for the washer to restore its power. Return the washer to its original location. Even though changing the door boot of Kenmore’s front-load washer might be a daunting task, with the right tools, you can perform the task swiftly and without difficulty. If you can identify and troubleshoot what is causing the problem it will save you money on expensive repairs and increase the life of your Kenmore washing machine. Regular maintenance, like cleaning the seal on your door and making sure there are no cracks or damage, can prevent problems from occurring and guarantee optimal performance.