How to Replace a Seal on a Whirlpool Duet Washer


The Duet washer is a front-loading clothes washer manufactured by Whirlpool. These type of front-loading washer is more efficient and uses less water than top-loading models. Because the washer is loaded from the front, a rubber seal is needed to help keep the water inside from leaking out of the door during a cycle. If you notice any leaks during washing, it's time to replace the seal on your Whirlpool Duet washer.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat bladed screwdriver
  • New seal
  • Unplug your washer from the wall or turn off the power for the circuit on which the Duet washer operates. Pull the washer out from the wall or installation area so you can work behind it comfortably.

  • Remove the trim on the washer by unscrewing the 3 screws holding it in place.

  • Unscrew the 3 screws at the top rear of the machine. Lift off the top of the machine. Pull the soap dispenser out of the drawer all the way and set aside.

  • Unscrew the screws on the side of the top panel holding it in place. There is an additional screw in the space where the soap dispenser was. Press the two inside clips on the sides of the control panel to remove it.

  • Unscrew the screws at the side and one at the center of the bottom panel. Pull the panel off to remove.

  • Open the front door of the washer. Unscrew the door latch.

  • Remove the wire clamp at the front of the rubber seal by pulling it out with a flat bladed screwdriver.

  • Unscrew each of the 4 screws on the front panel. Remove this (with the door included) and set aside.

  • Slip the seal out from around the two hoses at the top of the tub. Loosen the seal clamp on the side with a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Pull the seal off and replace it with a new one. Align the notch at the bottom of the seal with the bottom of the tub when putting on the new seal. Insert the hoses back into the top of the seal. Insert the seal clamp and tighten.

  • Reassemble the Duet washer by repeating Steps 8 through 2 in reverse order. Restore the power to the washer by plugging it back in or turning on power for the circuit.

Tips & Warnings

  • The above steps are just a guideline. Always follow the instructions for your specific Duet washer model.

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