Plastic rim melted by washer being filled to deep
David A. • Clermont, FL • February 21, 2015
Appliance: Whirlpool Automatic Washer WTW5550XW3
My Repair & Advice
Replaced the RING TUB - CAUTION - be careful when the top of the washer is removed ( 2 screws at the rear and pushed forward to release) because the bare steel plates under the top portion are VERY sharp, I used thick rubber gloves and ran a thick wad of sandpaper round all the sharp edges before I started to replace the ring. If you don't you stand a very good chance of a severe cut.
The Ring Tub is released by 8 latches round the outer edge. The replacement simply pushes on - make sure they ALL snap into place.