How to Repair the Door Seal in a Whirlpool Sport Washing Machine

Written by steve brachmann
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The Whirlpool Duet Sport washing machine is a front-loading washing machine. In order to reduce leaks, front-loaded washing machine styles use rubber water boot seals to keep water inside the tub. Unfortunately, these door seals are prone to tears, especially when clothing becomes caught inside the door. When the water boot seal rips, replacement of the rubber seal is required. The best way to repair a malfunctioning Whirlpool Sports washing machine is to replace it with a model-compatible water boot seal.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors (if necessary)
  • Replacement Whirlpool Duet Sport water boot seal

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the front door from your Whirlpool Duet Sport washing machine. The door is secured with three screws attached at the hinge. Loosen these with a screwdriver. Remove the screws and set them aside.

  2. 2

    Remove the retainer from the water seal boot. To remove the retainer, you need to free the retaining spring that holds the seal in place. Work the blade end of the screwdriver between the rubber seal and the metal surrounding the door opening. Move the screwdriver around the seal's perimeter until you find the retaining spring. Free the retainer from the retaining spring by using your screwdriver to pry the retainer away from the spring.

  3. 3

    Reveal the boot retainer clamp by removing the top right corner of your water seal boot from your Whirlpool Sports washing machine. Grab the seal near the top right corner and slowly pull it away from the interior of your washing machine. Loosen the boot retainer clamp screw to free the seal from the boot retainer clamp.

  4. 4

    Remove the water seal boot from your Whirlpool Duet Sport washing machine. If necessary, snip away your old seal with a pair of scissors.

  5. 5

    Fit the seal of your replacement Whirlpool Duet Sport water boot seal around the front lip of the washing machine's tub. Place the retainer spring for the replacement seal's retainer in the appropriate spot. Use care when threading the boot over the water inlet and window washer nozzles so you don't tear the new seal.

  6. 6

    Fit your replacement seal into the boot retainer clamp. Tighten the clamp screw to secure the water boot seal in place.

  7. 7

    Insert the retainer around the perimeter of the door seal. Secure the retainer to the retaining spring you inserted earlier.

  8. 8

    Replace the front door to the washing machine. Secure the door with the screws you removed earlier, making sure to tighten all three screws evenly.

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