If your washing machine is leaking water from the front door or discoloured and growing with mould, it can be replaced by our helpful how-to advice article.
If you’re not feeling confident about replacing your washer dryer door seal, there’s no need to be worried. Matt from eSpares will talk you through repairing the door gasket yourself without calling the professionals. It’s worth mentioning the replacement procedure is similar to LG machines.
If your washing machine seal is leaking from damage or it is just discoloured from mould it can be replaced. Mat shows in this video how to carry out this repair on a Samsung machine. This is also similar to many LG machines.
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 Upper Lid
There a number of ways to replace a door seal. In this video we’ll be removing the top lid and the front panel. To remove the upper lid of the washer remove the two screws at the back and slide it off.
Step 3 - Remove The Detergent Drawer And Control Panel
Carefully slide out the detergent drawer out.
To release the control panel, we’ll need to remove the screws on the top of the fascia and in front of the soap drawer. Even though we’ve removed the screws, the control panel won’t release because of the plastic clips securing it. You can hinge it off with your hands, but if it’s stiff use a flathead screwdriver to wedge it under the tabs to release the fascia panel. To fully remove the control panel, pull off the control board electrical connection and lastly release the electrical connection to the control board by undoing the tab at the back.
Step 4 - Remove The Outer Retaining Band
The door seal is secured to the front of the machine with an outer retaining band as you can see here. To remove it grab a flat head screwdriver and carefully place it under the band. You can then work your screwdriver in a circular motion to free the retaining band.
You can now fold the seal into the drum as its no longer attached to the front panel.
Step 5 - Remove The Outer Panel
To remove the outer panel, first close the washing machine door. You’ll need to remove a total of five screws, two located at the top and three at the bottom. We recommend removing the three screws at the bottom first and leaving the top two till last.
Now for demonstration purposes we’ve placed a small wood underneath the washing machine so you can see the screws on camera.
Once you’ve removed all the screws from the front panel it should lift off, however, the door lock will still be fixed inside. Simply disconnect the electrical connection by squeezing the tab on the door lock and the panel is ready to take off.
Step 6 - Release The Faulty Door Seal
You should now have the defective door seal in sight. It’s secured to the machine with two clamps, one at the heater tunnel and the other one to the inner lip of the drum.
The remove the clamp near the heater tunnel, take off the screw first and then unhook the clamp with your fingers, being extra cautious not to cut yourself, (we recommend using gloves at this point). The clamp should then come off completely and you can remove the seal from the heater tunnel.
The inner retaining band should now be visible. Use a Philips screwdriver to loosen the screw to the very edge of the thread. If you find the parts of the clamp have not separated, you can use a flat head screwdriver and carefully place it under the retainer band to separate the two parts of the clamp. The seal should then pull away.
Step 7 - Fit The New Door Seal
With the new seal in hand grab some fairly liquid and apply around the outer lip of the gasket, as it will make fitting it alot easier. You should see a triangle shaped pointer on the seal that matches to a triangle on the drum and this raised bit here that fits inside the drum.
We recommend fitting the seal at the top point (where it connects to the heater tunnel, paying attention to line up the triangles on the gasket and drum). Carefully wrap the lip of the seal over the lip of the drum by pushing it in place and working your way around.
Once you’ve got the seal aligned correctly and in place just make sure the drain holes are positioned at the bottom or at 6 o’clock.
Step 8 - Secure The Inner Retaining Band And Clamps
With your inner retaining band in hand, ease down the piece of the seal that attaches to the heater tunnel and slip the ring in its groove before tightening with a screwdriver.
With the inner band tight, fit the upper part of the seal into the heater tunnel. Grab the clamp that you removed earlier and fix the seal in place making sure it’s hooked together. Lastly put the screw in at the end of the clamp to close it tight.
Step 9 - Put The Front Panel Back On
With the door seal firmly in place you will need to fix the front panel back on, not forgetting to connect the door lock again.
Step 10 - Reassembly Your Appliance
Once you’ve fixed the front panel back on, you just need to secure the control panel, the upper lid and put the detergent drawer back in.
Step 11 - Fit The Outer Seal And Retaining Band
You’re nearly finished now. Pop a small amount of washing up liquid on the outer lip of the door seal so it slides onto the lip of the machine with ease.
The last step is the fit the outer retaining band that holds the seal into place. Fit the band in manually placing half of the spring behind the seal, and then you can use the flexibility of the spring to work the rest of the band around and in place.
You’ve now replaced the door seal for your washing machine so you can pat yourself on the back. We would recommend putting your washer on a test cycle to make sure everything is fitted correctly.
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