If your washing machine is leaking it could be due to a faulty door seal. Replacing the door seal and preventing your appliance from leaking isn't difficult - as this eSpares video explains.
This video shows an example on how to remove or replace the part on a typical machine, some models may be different but the procedure should be similar. What You Will Need:
Step 1 - Safety Advice
Safety First! Please make sure that you have switched off or disconnected the appliance from the mains before beginning any repair.
Step 2 - Chosen Your Desired Replacement Procedure
On this particular model it’s not possible to remove the front panel to replace the door seal, so we’ll replace it through the door opening.
If you need more room for your repair you can carefully put the machine on its back, which allows the drum to fall away from the front of the washer giving you that much-needed room. In addition, you can remove the door by taking off the door hinge screws, but in this repair we will leave it on.
Step 3 - Remove The Upper Lid
Start by removing the upper lid of the washing machine, by unscrewing the three screws at the back.
Step 4 - Check The Condition Of The Door Gasket
The gasket on this washing machine has a large growth of mould and bacteria, along with discolouration from the Sun.
If your door seal is not as bad as the one we’ve got here, it’s simple enough to remove the mould and bacteria and stop it from coming back again. See our “How To Clean A Smelly Washing Machine” article.
As this seal is in such a bad condition we will replace it.
Step 5 - Remove The Inner And Outer Retaining Band
Use a flat head screwdriver to ease off the outer retaining band from the outer section of the door seal.
Fold the door gasket in towards the drum so you can gain access to the inner retaining band. Now on some models it is possible to just unscrew the retaining band, but on this model we’ll be using the end of a socket to hold the nut in position, whilst unscrewing it with a Philips head screwdriver.
Step 6 - Remove And Replace The New Door Gasket
With all the retaining bands loose you can easily work the seal away from the drum.
Grab your new seal, on some door seals you may want to lubricate the lip using fairy liquid, but in this case the gasket is already lubricated. Align the top marker at the top of the drum, with the drain hole positioned at the bottom. You can now work the door seal lip around the drum itself.
Step 7 - Fix The Inner And Outer Retaining Band To The Seal
With the door gasket positioned correctly, fold it inside the drum again and secure the inner retaining band. If the fixing screw isn’t positioned correctly, hold the seal steady and move it before screwing tight using the end of a socket to hold the nut in place.
Once the inner retaining band is fixed correctly, carefully position the seal onto the washing machine tub lip and replace the outer retaining band. The outer retaining band will secure tightly together with the two sets of teeth.
We recommend running a test cycle just to make sure everything is fitted correctly and any debris caused from this repair can be flushed out.
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