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Member Since 22 Dec 2005
Offline Last Active Jun 02 2015 02:47 PM

#307407 Whirlpool WED5540SQ: Replace felt along with drum rollers?

Posted by Intheswamp on 11 November 2014 - 04:24 PM

We've been having mysterious black marks on our clothes after washing and drying.  The mysterious part is that the black marks appeared more often on "corners" of clothing and sheets than in the "field" of the clothing/sheets.  Seems we've tracked the culprit down to the dryer and the groove that the drum rides in.  I confirmed my suspicions by sticking a corner of a folded up paper towel into the groove/gap that the dryer's drum moves in and then hand turning the drum letting the paper towel travel with the drum.  The result was a black mark *very* similar to what has been appearing on our washed items appeared.


The dryer is a Whirlpool WED5540SQ.  I have the part #587636 (Maintenance Kit) in the cart but I'm wondering whether I should also order part #2813247 (Felt Seal)?  Or, can I simply clean up the old felt seal some with a rag?


I haven't opened the dryer up yet.





ETA:  Well, I decided to go ahead and order the felt seal along with the maintenance kit.  Repair Clinic makes it easy to return it if I need to but something tells me it will be a good idea to replace the felt as I'm not sure I'd be able to clean the original felt good enough.  Plus, has the felt worn, also, allowing clothing articles to get into the groove along with worn rollers?  Any feedback is still appreciated, but parts are heading my way...and hopefully some brownie points (or maybe some glorified brownies!) from my wife!!!!! ;)

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