If you've got water leaking from the front of your washing machine you will need to check the door seal - as that is the most likely cause.
During the wash cycle, the door seal (otherwise known as a gasket) will obviously get wet, and water can often get left sat at the bottom of the seal - which can eventually cause it to get damaged by mould, perish or leak.
If you need to replace the seal but are unsure where to start, there’s no need to panic.
We’ll talk you through how to successfully replace the door seal without damaging your washing machine door.
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 disconnected the appliance from the mains before beginning any repair.
Step 2 - Remove The Soap Dispenser & Control Panel
On the model in this video, it is easier to remove the front of the machine…and the first aspect of this is removing the top panel.
To do this remove the two screws that are holding it in place by using a Torx head screwdriver.
Once the top panel is off you can take out the soap dispenser, before then taking off the control panel fascia (again, this is held in place by screws that need to be removed)
Do keep these screws separate though because they are stainless steel so that they don’t rust.
Step 3 - Remove The Front & Door From Appliance
Place the fascia and control panel on top of your machine just for the moment, and then unclip the kick plate strip at the bottom of the appliance (placing the drain hose to once side).
The door seal is being held in place by a retaining clip, which you will need to remove from around your seal. Once removed, push the door seal into the machine.
There are four more screws that need to be removed (including two on the door interlock) Once these have been taken out, you will be able to gently lift the front of the machine (including the door) away from the machine.
Step 4 - Remove The Old Seal
Say goodbye to that old seal of yours now...hopefully, you should have enough room now to be able to take the old seal off, but if not you might need to first remove the large counterweight.
There is a spring retaining band that is attached to the seal still, and once you remove this you will be able to pull the seal free from the machine (keep the retaining band for the new seal).
Step 5 - Fit The New Seal
Say hello to your new seal... When positioning your new seal to go in your machine, you need to look out for the drain holes - and ensure that they are at the 6 o’clock position.
When in position, you just need to work the seal around the drum (a little dishwashing soap may help it fit on easier). At this point just give the drain holes a quick check to make sure that you have not moved them out of their position.
Finally put the retaining spring back around, into its little ridge.
Step 6 - Put The Appliance Back Together
Start to put everything back together again! You have done such a good job so far, but your washing machine still needs to be put back together.
Start by attaching the door seal to the front of the machine, working it around and making sure that it goes over the lip.
Add the retaining band around the bottom and sides. Fit the remaining parts and you are finished.
With a little help from eSpares you have now successfully been able to replace your washing machine door seal! You can now get back to being able to wash your clothes again in no time.
Fancy Giving Your Washing Machine Some Loving Care & Attention?
Your washing machine no doubt works hard for you in getting your clothes nice and clean. If you want to show it some TLC, then it is a great idea to protect it from the build-up of limescale & detergent that can happen over time in your machine.
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Need To Locate The Correct Door Seal For Your Washing Machine?
As well as being one of the easiest DIY appliances fixes out there, fixing your washing machine door seal yourself can save you a lot of money compared to booking a repair or buying a new washing machine.
Here at eSpares, we have a wide-range of replacement washing machine door seals for you to select from - so you can soon be on your way to repairing it yourself.
If you need any other help for your appliances you can find more videos from Mat and the team at eSpares, who are always on hand with appliance repair advice in your time of need.