If your washing machine is leaking water, it may be due to a faulty door seal. Have you noticed an excessive amount of black mould growth or if your seal has developed holes it will need changing.
If you’ve never replaced the door seal on your washing machine before you may be wondering where to start? Our helpful how-to article below is sure to point you in the right direction and see your washing machine repaired with ease.
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 - Decide How You Want To Replace The Door Gasket
On this particular model the front of the machine cannot be detached, so you have two options. You can carefully position the machine onto its back, so the drum comes away from the front and you have easy access for the repair.
We will keep the washer in an upright position and remove the door to replace the door seal.
Step 3 - Remove The Washing Machine Door
Removing the door is simple and you only need to remove the door hinge screws. Make sure you hold the door when unscrewing to prevent it from falling.
You can see this door seal is caked with mould and bacteria and needs replacing. If your gasket is in a better condition you can remove the mould and bacteria whilst preventing it from reoccurring again, see our “How To Clean A Smelly Washing Machine”.
Step 4 - Remove The Retainer Band
Use a flat head screwdriver to ease out the outer retainer band.
Step 5 - Remove The Faulty Door Seal
With the band out the way push the door seal away from the lip of the washing machine into the drum. By folding the door seal into the drum it will give you access to the retaining band.
Remove the upper lid of your washer and take a look inside to inspect what type of retainer band is used. In this model a spring retaining band is present and it's very easy to remove the seal, simply pull it away from the drum.
Step 6 - Prepare The New Door Gasket
Before fitting the new door seal it's a good idea to put some fairy liquid on the inner lip that connects into the drum. This will allow the seal to slide in easily as the fairy acts as a lubricant.
Step 7 - Position The New Door Seal
There should be symbols on the gasket denoting the fitting position. We have a triangle at the top and a hole at the bottom. Position the door seal into the door and push it inside the drum as we did with the old one; because we need to fit the inner retaining band.
Step 8 - Fit The Inner Retaining Band
Fitting the inner retaining band can be quite tricky by yourself so we recommend an extra pair of hands to hold it in place whilst you work it around the lip of the drum.
If you don’t have any willing helpers you can remove the screws and the door lock. Place a screwdriver positioned downwards inside the door lock hole to hold the retaining spring in place. Start at the opposite end of the screwdriver where you can work the band around the lip of the drum.
Step 9 - Reassemble Your Washing Machine
With the inner band secured you can reattach the door lock, making sure the front of the door lock overlaps the hole before screwing in.
You need to secure the outer rim of the door seal around the outer cavity of the washing machine. Using fairy liquid can really help you with this. Once the gasket is set just reattach the outer retaining band. Due to rust formed by leaks retaining bands can become damaged, but eSpares is sure to have the replacement for you.
You’ve now fitted the door seal for your washing machine. To keep your washing machine at it’s peak performance, our highly recommended Dishwasher & Washing Machine Cleaner is just what your appliance needs to hygienically remove limescale, detergent and bacteria.