The purpose of the door seal is to create a watertight seal around the door. So if you’ve found the door seal is leaking, has perished or developed holes it will need changing.
If you need help replacing your washing machine door seal our how-to article is sure to answer your questions. So engage your thinking cap and let's get started.
This video shows an example on how to remove or replace the part on a typical washer dryer, 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 - How To Clean Mould And Bacteria Off Your Seal
On this particular model the front of the appliance does come away to give you access to the door seal. In this demonstration video we’ll be changing the door seal from the door itself and by removing the upper lid.
If your current door gasket is mouldy and full of bacteria, you can give it a hygienic clean and prevent it from returning back. Our popular “How To Clean A Smelly Washing Machine” article is sure to assist you.
Step 3 - Remove The Outer Retaining Band
Remove the outer retaining band that holds the door gasket in place. We recommend using a flat head screwdriver to release the tensioning spring and rotate the screwdriver around the door seal to remove the band.
Step 4 - Push The Seal Inside The Drum
With the outer band out the way, remove the door seal from the lip of the machine and fold it inside the machine.
Step 5 - Remove The Upper Lid
To remove the top of the washing machine, use a screwdriver to unscrew the two screws located at the back of the appliance.
Step 6 - Remove The Inner Retaining Band
With the upper lid removed, you should see a retaining band with a screw tensioner that is holding the door gasket in place. Use a cross-headed screwdriver to loosen the screw, but make sure not to take it off fully as it may come away with the door gasket itself. With the inner retaining band released, carefully pull the gasket out and the inner retaining band should come out too.
Step 7 - Fit The New Door Seal
Before fitting the new door seal, we’ve put some washing up liquid around the outside rim to lubricate it so it fits into the washing machine easily. Most door seal will have drain holes, which are fitted at the bottom of the door gasket.
Carefully place the seal into the machine and work the top of the door gasket over the inner lip first and then work your way around the bottom.
Step 8 - Secure The Inner Retaining Band
With the gasket in place properly, fit the inner retaining band around the groove of the seal and finish by tightening the tensioner screw.
Step 9 - Fit The Outer Door Seal And Outer Door Retaining Band.
With the inner retaining band fitted properly, refit the outer part of the door seal against the washing machine body. You can use some fairy liquid here to speed up the process. Make sure to start at the top (12 o'clock) position so you can hang the door seal on the outside.
So once you’ve fixed the door seal into place, you can then fit the outer retaining band. Time for an eSpares Top Tip: keep your finger on the spring to hold it in place and then carefully work the outer retaining band around the door seal.
Finally the last step; secure the upper washing machine lid by fixing the two screws in place.
You’re all done now. You’ve now fitted a washing machine door seal and we hope the process wasn’t as daunting as you once thought.
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