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Duct Felt Seal

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PartSelect Number PS9861764
Manufacturer Part Number WE09X20441
Manufactured by GE
Product Description

Duct Felt Seal Specifications

This is a duct felt seal for a dryer. The duct felt seal allows the front-load dryer drum to glide smoothly on the front panel. Your dryer will not function properly if the drum felt seal is compromised. Disconnect power to the dryer before completing this repair. You will need to remove the front of the dryer to gain access to the felt seal. This felt seal may differ in appearance from your original but will function the same as your original. This is an OEM replacement part that is sourced directly from the authentic manufacturer.
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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Noisy | Marks left on clothes | Takes too long to dry | No heat or not enough heat
This part works with the following products:
Dryer, Washer Dryer Combo.
This part works with the following products:
General Electric, Hotpoint, Kenmore.
Part# WE09X20441 replaces these:
5949286, 3290413, WE9M15
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Nancy
July 20, 2017
Pretty sure my drum seal is toast and I don’t really have time or money to hire someone to replace it. Can the dryer run w/o it or do I need to make this purchase and repair ASAP
Hi Nancy, we do not recommend running the dryer without the felt seal. This could potentially damage your dryer as well as the clothing in it. I hope this helps.

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Raymond
October 3, 2017
Does the front felt seal go around the entire drum or does it just cover the lower part. I am replacing front drum bearing but looks like seal does not extend over the entire drum
For model number DHDSR46EE1WW
Hi Raymond, Thank you for the question. The Duct Felt Seal only cover the bottom half. The front drum bearing and the 4 slides that attach to it act as the top seal. Hope this helps!

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Denver
July 20, 2017
I have some felt like material peeking out of my dryer and I think this is what it is. Since it started falling out my dryer has been making weird noises that are loud and sound like the drum is grinding against the machine. This is frustrating me and I really want to fix it, is this the part I need and will it stop the noise?
Hello Denver, you need to remove the drum from your dryer and replace the drum seal, that should stop the noises. To confirm if this part is what you need, we require your model number. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

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Robin
January 25, 2018
My husband has replaced this part but it keeps coming out. Is there a trick to getting it to stay? It's come out twice now since he's replaced it.
Hello Robin, thank you for your inquiry. The felt seal doesn't come with and adhesive to glue the part into place, per our video on PartSelect. It shouldn't require it. However, if this is continuing to happen, I would suggest getting some high heat resistance adhesive and gluing a small part of the felt to the unit in a couple of places. Do not glue the whole thing into place though. I hope this helps!

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Wayne
October 9, 2017
Will the felt duck seal stop the drum from hitting the casing and dose the seal go all the way around
For model number PTDN600EM0WT
Hi Wayne, Thank you for the question. The Duct Felt Seal prevent the drum from hitting/rubbing but only on the bottom.For the top you will need the, Front Drum Bearing,Part Number: PS960316 and two of the Drum Bearing Slide - Green,Part Number: PS6447706 and two of the Drum Bearing Slide - White, Part Number: PS755842. Hope this helps!

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John
November 13, 2017
My dryer is making a scraping noise and clothes are starting to get stuck in the edge of the drum. Would this be an issue with the dryer felt or would you suggest something else?Thanks
For model number DBXR463GB0WW
Hi John, Thank you for your inquiry. If your dryer is making noise, there are some parts that you will need to check to see which one is causing the issue. You will need to check both the green and white drum bearing slides, the front drum bearing, the duct felt seal, the rear drum bearing kit and the drive belt. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Isabel
July 20, 2017
Where is the drum seal located so I can replace it
Hi Isabel, below the drum support is where you will find the lower front seal. It needs to be installed on the front panel of the unit. Best of luck with this repair.

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Nicki
September 10, 2017
Clothing is getting stuck on top of drum, tearing clothes and leaving black marks. What do I need to repair it?
For model number dx4500ea1ww
Hi Nicki, Thank you for the question. If the clothes are getting stuck on the top, front of the drum I suggest replacing the Front Drum Bearing and the 4 Sides that slip onto the top of the bearing. The bearing may be cracked or chipped and causing the clothes to catch. Hope this helps!

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Eric Norris
April 25, 2018
My dryer is a year and 3 months old, but it has stop heating. Any ideas as to what the problem could be?
For model number GTD45EASJ2WS
Hello Eric, thank you for your question. The most common cause if a dryer not heating is a thermostat. We recommend testing the thermostats in the unit for continuity to see if you can narrow down the issue. THERMOSTAT Part Number: PS12171108 is located on the blower wheel housing in the unit. THERMOSTAT Part Number: PS11759043, THERMOSTAT Part Number: PS11772030, and HIGH LIMIT THERMOSTAT Part Number: PS12073908 are all located around the edge of the heating element. I would recommend testing these parts first, to see if they are the issue. If they are all tested and are functioning correctly, the element itself might be the issue. I hope this helps!

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John
December 3, 2018
After replacing the felt seal, while putting the unit back together, the drum became dislodged from the rear of the unit. Reseated the drum shaft, put the unit back together, not the unit won't start (powers up, but won't run after pushing the start button).What am i missing? thanks.
For model number BWXR473GT0WW
Hi John, Thank you for your question. If the dryer is not starting, there are some parts that you will need to check to see which ones are causing the issue. You will need to check the rotary start switch, the interlock switch, the drive belt, the door switch, the drive motor, the idler pulley, the timer, the rear drum bearing and the duct felt seal. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Intermittant squeaking noise
Basically, I followed the same steps a prior person posted.
1.Removed the two screws inside the door, on the top part of the opening.
2.Lifted up and removed the top.
3.Removed two screws holding the front panel in place.
4.Held up the drum while removing the front panel. I carefully turned the panel so I could get at the drum bearing without pulling the wires connecting it to the front panel. The wires are not very long, so I had to be careful not to pull on them.
5.Carefully pried off the old drum bearing, using just my hands. It was fairly tight, and popped out just as I started to worry if I was putting too much pressure on it.
6.Checked to see how the old felt was installed, then I pulled out the old felt.
7.Inserted the new felt, being careful to insert one end into a slot the same way the original was installed.
8.Inserted the new slides into the new drum bearing. The gray slides went in at the eleven and one o'clock positions, the white slides went in at ten and two o'clock.
9.Removed a surplus plastic piece from the new drum bearing (where the light comes through).
10.Inserted the new drum bearing, putting the bottom tabs in first, then pivoting it into place. I squeezed it into place to make sure it was tight.
11.Lifted up the drum and put the front panel back on.
12.Screwed the front panel back on, using the two screws.
13.Carefully put the top back on.
14.Screwed in the two screws inside the front door to fasten down the top.
That was it! I started up the dryer and it worked fine. No more squeaking.
About the only thing odd about the repair is why PartSelect sells each slide separately (i.e., I had to order 2 white slides and 2 gray slides). I can't imagine replacing just one, so why not package them in pairs, or maybe even all four in one package.
At any rate, the repair was easy, and a lot cheaper than having someone come out to fix it.
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Noisy
Took apart by removing the top and front panel. Found drum rubbing due to worn glides and felt.
  • Teresa from Brighton, MI
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
  • Parts Used:
    WE09X20441, WE1M1067, WE1M504
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Dryer was squeeling and clothes were being caught around the plasitc bearing.
One thing to note that I didn't immediately notice. Upon removing the front panel, there is a chance the drum will stick and when you separate the front panel from the drum, this will pull it from the rear bearing. We did not initially realize this was the case until the dryer was back together and would not run. If there is any resistance, we found the easiest way to solve the issue is to lay the dryer supported on its back, then everything slides in and out. the second time through from start to finish took less than 10 minutes. I loved the videos and the parts. I tried cheating and getting the parts on amazon, and wound up buying from this site anyway and paying even more to have it rush shipped.. All in all super glad I did it and didn't buy a new dryer, I think we can tackle replacing anything on it at this point.
  • Kristy from SEVIERVILLE, TN
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WE09X20441, WE14M124
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Dryer was sqeeling or squeeking
I followed the video on how to repair
  • William from WAKE FOREST, NC
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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No problems
Did repair as per the video except I did not disconnect wires, just swung front panel around. Only complaint...discovered parts were much more expensive than other sites.
  • Leroy from MERIDIAN, ID
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Squeaking noise that got gradually louder every day. And clothes getting stuck in the drum for months.
I asked my husband to repair it and he said call a repairman. I went online a read stories from others on how easy it was so I ordered the parts myself and did the repair. I strictly followed the video instructions. They were excellent! I also took the time to clean lint from the door and lint trap which i would not have done if a repairman had come to do the work. I now have the confidence to do the rear bearings if they go out!
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Dryer leaving stains on clothes
Shortly after a piece of felt (the duct felt seal) was visible on the drum intererior, the dryer started making metal-on-metal squeaks. A few weeks later it started leaving'machine part' type brown/black marks on clothes. With the model # it was quite easy to find and order the correct part, which arrived a few days later. The accompanying video made installation quite straightforward, even for someone who's NEVER worked on a dryer before - even though the model used wasn't the same. Over half the repair time was to clean out lint and dirt from the various exposed parts. Overall, an easy and effective repair that solved the staining issue. Follow the video and you won't go wrong.
  • Tahir from ARLINGTON, MA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WE09X20441
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Dyer made a squealing/screeching noise
I have read other postings which describe most of the procedure very well, so I'm just going to add things that should be considered, which I have not read about here.
Removing the drum proved difficult due to the lack of room on the two sides.The vent blower motor bracket is at the front bottom of the dryer, and when the two screws on either the left or right side are removed, the dryer sides spread more easily and allow the drum to be removed or re-installed more easily.
Next, the rear drum bearing I bought has a rubber o-ring which holds it in place. There is a good chance this o-ring will be hard and brittle after years of service, and will crumble when removed, in order to replace the bearing. I had to run to the local hardware store to get a new o-ring, and could only find one that did was not rated for high heat usage. I presumed once the drum is re-installed that the bearing can't dislodge even with a missing o-ring. I think it just holds the bearing in place while removing and re-installing the drum, but I cannot be certain about this.So if you plan to replace the rear drum bearing, make sure to also order the o-ring that holds it in place. It is doubtful you can re-use the old one depending on the age of your dryer.
Replacing the old white belt tensioning pulley requires the removal and re-installation of a "nut" that has no threads. It is forced on and off and not simple to re-install. The removal was easy simply by using a wrench to "unscrew" it counterclockwise. But re-installing it is another matter. It requires force to get it back onto the shaft. I saw a tip to use a 7/16" socket placed over the nut and hit with a hammer while bracing the bracket from the other side. I did this by used a smaller tool, linesman's pliers, which provided the force needed. Install it about 1/4" past the end of the bracket shaft. Careful, that nut has sharp edges and I ended up bleeding from that process. Three hands would help: one to brace the bracket, one to hold the nut and socket in place, and one to hammer. So good luck with that. Probably there is a smarter way to do this.
If you replace the old white plastic belt tensioning pulley with a new yellow one, it is not simple to understand how to re-install the belt properly. The videos do not do the trick adequately. I did find one on youtube where they removed the dryer side in order to show the belt installation and I had an "aha moment". Since you cannot see the belt, the pulleys, the motor, or anything else during installation, it is not a simple thing to do. Here are my tips: Before re-installing the drum, move the belt tensioning pulley bracket to the right (when facing the dryer front) and you will see a little spot where the bracket will stay to the right when engaged in this spot. Engage the bracket and then proceed to re-install the drum. That way, when you reach under the drum to set the belt properly on the pulleys, you won't have to engage the tensioning bracket without being able to see. Once the belt is in place, carefully remove the bracket from the right holding spot and allow it to move back to the left operating position. I used two hands and don't think I could have done it with one. When the belts are new, they can be naturally twisted and you have to be careful to install the belt with no twist. I had to do it twice to get it right. If someone can take up the top belt slack for you, it's easy to feel the belt underneath the drum and get any twists out.
Next, i had a hard time inserting the drum back into the dryer and finding the hole where the bearing inserts. The problem is, if you are not careful, it's easy to move, bend, or break the heater wires which surround the hole you need to locate blindly and slip the drum bearing into. I did bend those wires, but luckily not break them. In hindsight, applying some masking tape to the rear inside panel of the dryer right at the top, left and right of the drum BEFORE removing the drum would have made it much easier estimating the proper drum height while maneuvering the bearing into the rear hole. Then remove the masking tape when done.
I ordered a new top plastic front bearing that supports the drum in the front. Good thing I did because mine was split about 5" where one set of the green and white sliders install. I had one white "plastic" insert visible. The other one plus the two green bearings were totally missing. No wonder it was squealing.
Finally, the hardest part for me was re-installing the top of the dryer! Take a good look before removing it so you can see exactly how the top fits to the dryer and how the parts need to be lined up first.
Thanks to PartSelect.com! Every part was correct and the installation videos gave me so much help. Also, parts arrived in two days, which surprised me. I will be ordering all parts here.
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Dryer vibrating, shuddering violently, rear bearing squealing
Replaced front plastic bearing and bearing slides for less than $90.00. The repairman from Sears said it would cost at least $300.00 in parts plus labor to repair it, he suggested buying a new dryer (what an idiot). This was a very easy repair, I found instructions on YouTube. 15 minutes and a Phillips’s screwdriver is all that it took. The dryer runs perfectly with no shudder or squeal.
  • Louis from JACKSONVILLE, FL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WE09X20441, WE1M1067, WE14M124
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Bearings worn out
Had back in service within a hour of receiving parts
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This part works with the following models:
PartSelect Number: PS9861764
Manufacturer Part Number: WE09X20441
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