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How to Replace the Door Seal on a Washing Machine - Bosch Published 17/01/2011

If your washing machine has developed a leak, the door seal may have become worn, damaged or perished. In this video, eSpares explain how easy it is to replace the door seal on your Bosch washing machine.

How to Replace the Door Seal on a Washing Machine – Bosch

One of the most common faults of a leaking washing machine is a faulty seal. Thankfully replacing such a component of your washing machine is not a difficult task.

In the above video, with the help of our experienced team, we explain how to replace the washing machine door seal, and below we’ve compiled a simple step-by-step guide which takes you through every point covered in our video.

Step 1: To remove the door seal on any make and model of washing machine, you’ll need to remove the entire front panel, followed by the soap dispenser and fascia.

Removing the panel and fascia is easy to do, once you’ve undone the screws holding it in place, whilst the soap dispenser should just clip out of place.

Step 2: With these components removed, clip away the kick plate, put the drain hose to one side before removing the retaining clip which holds the door seal against the front of the machine. Once the clip has been removed just push the seal inside.

Step 3: Undo the four remaining screws holding the front of the machine on, before pulling the front of the machine and the door away from the machine.

Once the front of the machine is off, you should be able to see the spring retaining band going all the way around the drum. This should be easy to pull off, enabling you to peal the whole old seal away; once you’ve removed the old seal this can be thrown away, although it is advisable to keep the retaining band, as this can be reused with the new seal.

Step 4: You’ll now be ready to attach the new seal, when doing so make sure that the drain holes are positioned at six o’clock; once you’ve done this it is just a case of working the new seal onto the drum.

With the seal worked onto the drum, put the retaining spring into its little ridge, before giving the seal one final check.

Step 5: Reattach all the parts back to your washing machine, attaching the door seal to the front of the machine ensuring that it goes over the lip, before attaching the retaining band on the bottom and sides.

There you have it, a step-by-step guide to replacing the door seal on a washing machine, helping it to perform to its optimum level.

Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Matt from eSpares.

One of the most commonly replaced part on a front loader washing machine, like this one, is the door seal, sometimes called the gasket. It obviously gets wet during every wash cycle and water can often get left sat at the bottom there and eventually that can cause the seal to perish and leak. So if you ‘ve got water leaking from the front of your machine, do check the seal, that is the most likely cause.

So I’m going to show you how to replace the door seal on this Bosch WFL2260 model. Everything may be laid out slightly differently on your make and model but it should give you a good idea of how easy it is to replace a door seal.

Now, safety first: do make sure you’re unplugged from the mains before you do any work on an electrical appliance. To replace the door seal, we need to remove the whole of the front of the machine and to do that, I’m going to start by taking off the panel.

So we’ve got a couple of screws here holding the panel on. They’re torqueshead screws and you can get a full set of torques bits on the eSpares website. I’m actually going to use a torques bit on an electric drive to speed things up. Ok so that’s the top panel off. I just need to take out the soap dispenser, that just clicks open like that. And now I’m going to take off this fascia. Now I’ve got one screw on this side to undo, and three screws over here.

Do keep these screws separate because they’re stainless steel, so they don’t rust.  So the fascia and the control panel there, I can just pop that on the top and this kick strip or kick plate just clips away, the drain hose there. Just put that to one side. Now I just need to remove this retaining clip which is holding the door seal against the front of the machine. Lots of different ways that these retaining clips works. This one just pops off like so. Just get the door seal and push it inside like that.

Now, I’ve just got four screws that are now holding the front of the machine on. There, there and these two on the door interlock. So now I can pull the front of the machine and the door completely away from the machine.

Now this model has this large counterweight going all the way around the drum. If yours is like this and you don’t feel you have enough room to work, then it’s probably a good idea to remove that counterweight. I think I’ve probably got enough room to get the old seal off. You should be able to see that there is a spring retaining band going all the way round.

I should be able to just work that off and pull the whole seal away. So there we go, I’ve got my old seal, we throw that away. My new seal, and I’m going to keep the retaining band. Now when it comes to putting the new seal on, we’ve got to look for these new drain holes, they need to be positioned at 6 o’clock and then it’s just a case of working the new seal onto the drum as best you can.

There we go, so that’s the new seal in place against the drum all the way round. Just check the drain holes are still down at 6 o’clock. Now, all I’ve got to do is get my retaining spring and put that back into its little ridge. Just give it a final check. That’s great. There we go, that’s my new door seal fitted.

Now, all I need to do is to start putting everything back together again. So now I just need to get the door seal and attach it to the front of the machine, just need to work it round and make sure it goes over that lip. There we go, that’s on all the way round.

Now, I’ll just take my retaining band and put that on at the bottom and sides. There we go, that’s done. There we go, a new door seal on this Bosch washing machine. Door seals are available for all makes and models of washing machines on the eSpares website.

Thanks for watching.

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