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Kenmore Elite Front-Loading Washer Rips Clothes.. and I'm NOT overloading it. HELP.

I have owned by Kenmore Elite 110.47081601 Front-Loading washer since 2009. approximately 4 months ago, I noticed a tiny rip in the bottom of one of my children's shirts. This continued to happen sporadically, and I thought it was my kids. Then I got a rip in one of my shirts... and thought it was me. Then this weekend, one of our jacket sleeves came out of the washer totally mangled (two large rips with rubber residue around the holes), which helped me finally to confirm that the washer is the cause of these holes. I have called Sears service, Sears warranty, Sears transfer-only customer service and all anyone wants to do is make an appointment on my dime. On this website, the experts keep saying that the machines are being overloaded. This cannot possibly be the case. This washer is THREE YEARS old and has not ripped any clothing until recently. And yes, I have already checked repeatedly for sharp objects in the washer (there are none), and I always check pockets before I wash.

B/c of the rubber residue on the jacket, it looks like the jacket got caught in the rubber ring inside the door and got twisted and ripped in the spin cycle. I already knew that the rubber ring is a faulty feature - we always look in there for socks that get lost during the wash. Is there no help from Sears? I don't even know if this is a problem that a service person can fix.. isn't it just a design flaw? A google search "kenmore washer rips clothes" reveals that many people have this problem.. will Sears help at all??

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I can understand how frustrating this problem with the Kenmore washer can be. I have found a link with a similar issue which may be helpful while an expert responds with additional information on your specific model.
by Manage My Life
August 19th, 2012
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I know that it can be very frustrating to have issues with your washer. It does sound like the door boot is wearing down. This is not unusual for a washer that is use frequently. It is possible that due to this wear, your clothes are getting caught either in the door boot clamp or in between the drum and the washer cabinet. You will need to replace the door boot to fix this.

I would recommend that you do this soon, because this is what stop the water from leaking on the floor. I have include an image below that will provide all of the instructions on how to do this. If you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself, can you schedule service. However, this is not cover under the warranty, because it is normal wear and tear. If you would like to schedule, just click on this link:

Sears Home Services


I would also suggest that you check the baffles in the drum as well. These can come loose, which will also catch the clothes. This repair however, will require a complete tear down of the machine. I hope this helps. If you need further assistance, please reply to this thread. Thank you for using Manage My Life.
by Manage My Life
August 21st, 2012
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