This Maytag washer maintenance guide shows how to change the boot seal made of rubber on a front loading Maytag washer. The rubber seal is an elastic gasket that is placed between the door and the drum that prevents leaks. If your washer appears to leak from underneath the front panel, look at the rubber door boot seal for cracks or tears. If you find that the Maytag washer door boot is damaged, replace it with a manufacturer-approved washer part. Shut off the electricity. Remove the power cord from the outlet. Wear protective gloves. Get help from someone else remove the washer away from the wall. Remove the top panel. Remove the 2 screws at the side of the Maytag washer that are holding the top panel. The top panel is pulled towards the rear of the washer. Lift it off and then lower it.
Remove the control panel: Unscrew the screw on the left side of the control panel. Move the dispenser drawer forward until it comes to a stop. The locking tab on the back is released. Remove the drawer out of its housing. Remove the screws on the sides of the housing. Unplug the wire harness connections to the control panel by pressing the release tabs and then sliding the connectors out. Sit in front of the washer , and lift the control panel to release the top. Take the control panel off the Maytag washer.
Take off the front panel: Unlock the drain pump cover that is located at the bottom of the washer front panel. The screw that connects the housing of the plastic pump to its frame is removed. The plastic housing of the pump must be removed. The screw that mounts the pump at the bottom of the front panel needs to be removed.
Open the Maytag door for the washer: The spring pliers on the outer side can be used to increase the spring clamp, and the spring clamp can then be taken off of the door boot. The door boot made of rubber should be released from the lip located at the top of the washer tub opening in the front panel. Seven screws located on the top of your front panel need to be removed. Close the Maytag door to the washer. Turn the top of your Maytag door inwards. Unplug the wire harness to the door lock or switch. Remove the front panel from the washer.
Remove the counterbalance weights: Remove the bolts that hold the bottom counterbalance weight, then pull the counterbalance’s bottom weight off the tub. Repeat the process to remove the counterbalance weight on top.
Remove the door boot: Use pliers to unwind the spring clamps, then remove the hoses from the door boot. Release the locking tab and unplug the wire harness that is for the light on the drum. Release the spring clamp using the spring tool on the inside.
Remove the door boot from the tub: Install the new boot. Place the new door boot on the front of the tub using the arrow tab located at the top of the door boot around 12 hour. Make sure the hoses are aligned correctly. Place the door boot in the washer tub lip and ensure that it is properly seated within the tub. At 12 o’clock position the spring clamp on the lip. Make use of the spring pliers to extend the spring clamp, and then work with the bent side of the spring clamp to its spring-side eyelet. The drum light harness should be connected to the spring clamp. The locking tab should be able to snap into position. The hoses should be pushed onto the door boot connections and secure them with spring clamps. To prevent rub, leave enough room between spring clamps and door boot.
Reinstall the counterbalances’ weights: Use the mounting bolts again to put the counterbalance at the bottom. Repeat the process for the counterbalance weight on top. Install the front washer panel. Position the panel in the front of the cabinet. Connect the door switch’s wiring harness. Place the front panel on the frame and align the mounting screw holes on the top of the front panel. Place the seven mounting screws located at the top of the front panel, and tighten them firmly. Open the Maytag doors to the washer. The door boot should be placed to fit around the edge of the opening on the door’s front panel. The spring clamp is used to secure the door boot. Screw it into the bottom base of the Maytag washer inside the space for the pump housing. Close it and tighten. The filter housing for the drain pump should be placed into the recess of the washer’s bottom panel. Screws for mounting again and tighten them.
Shut the drain pump doors to the housing: Install the control panel: Set the control panel on the top of the front panel. Reinstall the screws inside the dispenser housing. Install the screw on the back right side of the control panel. Plug in the wire harness connectors for the control panel. Install the detergent dispenser inside the drawer housing.
Reinstall the top panel: Move the panel downwards and forward until it is seated on the washer frame. Reinstall the screws to fix the back panel. Do not over tighten. Restore power by plugging the Maytag washer into the electrical outlet. Restore the washer to its original position. In the end changing the door boot on a front load Maytag washer might seem daunting however, with the proper tools and instructions for each step it is possible to do it swiftly and effortlessly. It is possible to avoid costly repairs by diagnosing the problem and prolonging the life of your Maytag washer. Regular maintenance such as looking for damage and cracks and cleaning the door seals can stop future problems.