How do I Install a Front Felt Seal in a Maytag?

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Maytag dryers have seals to isolate the clothes in the turning drum and not allow them into the dryer cabinet. A broken felt seal allows small items like socks to fall out of the drum and into the cabinet while they are tumbling. Clothes catch on the edges of a loose seal that is protruding and tear when the drum turns and pulls them away.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Small flat screwdriver
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Paper towels
  • Felt seal
  • Dryer seal adhesive
  • Unplug the appliance from the electrical outlet to avoid accidental shocks.

  • Open the front door to access to the door hinges.

  • Place a Phillips screwdriver on the screw in a hinge. Turn the screwdriver counterclockwise to loosen and pull the screw straight out. Remove the second screw on this hinge and the two screws on the remaining hinge in the same manner. Set all screws aside.

  • Pull the door and retaining ring off the dryer and set it aside.

  • Press a small flat screwdriver under the old felt seal and work around the entire seal prying the seal off. Pull the seal off and discard it. Scrape all old adhesive off the seal area with the tip of a flat screwdriver.

  • Pour isopropyl alcohol on a paper towel and clean the seal seating area to remove any extra adhesive. Let the area dry for about 2 minutes so the alcohol dissipates.

  • Place the new felt seal on its seat with the rough side facing into the dryer.

  • Place the tip of dryer adhesive underneath the seal at the top of the drum. Hold the seal in place with one hand while squirting a thin bead of sealant around the perimeter in a continuous circle. Press the seal tightly against the seat.

  • Replace the retaining ring and door while aligning the hinge screw holes.

  • Place a Phillips screw in each hole and tighten them.

  • Plug the power cord into the electrical outlet.

  • Let the adhesive cure for at least two hours before using the dryer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Removing the entire old adhesive from the original felt seal enables a smooth surface for the new seal adhesive to adhere correctly.
  • Apply adhesive from the top of the seal around in a circle so the seal does not lean out of the appliance and impede the line of vision.
  • Support the Maytag front door with one hand when removing the hinge screws so it does not fall on feet or toes and cause injury.

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