If the front of your washer is leaking, check the bellow seal around the outside of the tub first. This part can get torn or damaged over time. Once it has a hole or a rip, water can start to pour out of the front-facing tub during the wash cycles. To repair the appliance yourself, all you need to do is order a new door bellow seal (part #WPW10111435 for most front-facing Whirlpool washers). Then follow these steps:
1. Unplug your washer.
During the course of this repair, you will be dismantling the front of your washer. Unplug the appliance to keep yourself and the work area safe from electrical shock.
2. Dismantle the front of the washer.
Remove the screws securing the top panel at the rear of the machine. Lift up the back edge slightly, then pull the panel forward to release it. Then you can lift the top panel completely free and set it aside. Remove the detergent compartment at the front of the appliance. All you have to do is pull it open as far as possible and press down the release tab in the back left corner. Once the compartment has been released, you can pull it out the rest of the way and set it aside.
This will reveal the screw holding the console panel. Loosen the screw, which is to the left of the detergent compartment’s position. Next, open the washing machine door to access the screw on the underside of the middle of the console. Remove the screw. After that, depress the locking tabs along the top of the console panel. Then look through the top of the appliance to locate the locking tab in the front right corner. Press it down with a flathead screwdriver and push it out towards the exterior of the appliance. Now everything holding the console in place has been released. Pull the console away from the machine without stretching the attached wires, and lay it on top of the appliance where it won’t be in the way
After that, remove the clamp inside the bellow seal. Most of the clamp is just a thin wire, but there is a spring at the bottom of the seal. Pry the clamp out towards you with a flathead screwdriver, starting at the spring and then working around the edge of the tub
3. Remove the front access panels.
During this step, you will be removing the front panels. Start by removing the three screws along the bottom edge of the bottom panel. Then lower the bottom access panel to free the top edge and set the panel aside.
Next, remove the four corner screws securing the main front access panel. Hold the front panel in place as you remove the last screw so it doesn’t fall down or put pressure on the locking tabs. When the screws have been removed, pull the bottom up at an angle, lower it free of the top groove, and set the panel aside.
4. Remove the old bellow seal.
First, remove the inner bellow clamp. Locate the screw that can enlarge the clamp, and loosen it to relax the clamp’s tension. Then pull the clamp away from the away from the groove inside the bellow seal
5. Replace the bellow seal.
Locate the ‘up’ and ‘down’ tabs in the middle of the new bellow seal and orient them into a vertical position. Then locate the interior lip of the seal, which has rectangular tabs. This lip will fit into the lip around the exterior tub. Press it firmly into position while ensuring the ‘up’ and ‘down’ tabs are in position
6. Reassemble the washer.
First, reattach the main front access panel. Lift the top edge into place behind the bottom lip of the console frame and then push it flush against the front of the appliance. Hold it in place as you tighten the two top screws. Then retighten the two bottom screws
After that, reposition the door switch. Reach between the seal and the front access panel to grab the switch assembly. Push the black box back through the hole. Hold the assembly in place as you tighten the screws above and below it