If you have a front loading washer in your house and you notice water leaking from the door, it indicates that the door seal may be damaged, warped, or torn. In such a situation, you must replace the existing seal with a new one. Ideally, you should get help from a washer technician to troubleshoot the problem. However, if you plan to do a washer repair without the help of a washer service technician, here is a step-by-step process to help you.
Steps on replacing your washing machine door seal gasket:
- Disconnect the power supply to the machine
- Remove the control panel
- Remove the plinth or kick strip
- Remove the retaining spring or the band of the outer door seal
- Use a normal screwdriver to unscrew
- Remove the facial panel
- Remove the spring that attaches the gasket to the drum
- Fit the new seal
- Check the new seal
- Tuck the gasket inside the machine drum
- Fix the facial panel of the washer
- Put the seal under the lip of the machine’s front panel
- Final step
Before you start working on your home appliance, make sure you disconnect the power supply to the machine. Then remove the screws that connect the top panel and facial panel to the machine body. Once you remove the screws, remove the soap drawer of the machine.
You must then remove the control panel of the residential appliance. To do this, you must remove the pins that hold the panel to the chassis. Remove the pin carefully, as it is fragile and can easily break.
Now remove the plinth or kick strip from the bottom of the washer. This will give you access to the screws that hold the machine’s front panel.
Use a flat blade screwdriver to remove the retaining spring or the band of the outer door seal. Now peel the seal of the lip and put it inside the drum.
Use a normal screwdriver to unscrew the two screws that hold the door panel, three screws that hold the bottom of the machine, and the 2 screws that hold the top of the facial panel.
Remove the facial panel of the chassis by sliding it upwards. When doing this, make sure you don’t damage the plastic lugs that hold the panel in place.
Now use a flat blade screwdriver to remove the spring that attaches the gasket to the drum. Once the spring is removed, peel the seal from the machine drum. Clean the area around the drum by wiping off the scum and scale.
Now you are ready to fit the new seal. Make sure the seal is aligned properly and it marks line up on the machine drum. It is a good idea to lubricate the seal, as it allows the seal to slide to its correct position.
After you fix the new seal, check it for creases and make sure it is aligned correctly with the draining hole. If required, you can put the seal yourself in its correct place.
Now tuck the gasket inside the machine drum and re-fix the spring that connects the drum to the gasket. This can be done with the help of a clamp.
Now fix the facial panel of the washer and make sure you align the holes in the front panel with the lugs on the chassis. Then, fix the door lock with the help of clips and screws.
Fix the bottom and facial panel of the machine using screws. Now carefully put the seal under the lip of the machine’s front panel. Make sure the seal is not twisted. This can be checked by closing and opening the door several times.
Then the control panel and the soap drawer go into place. To fix the control panel, just push it against the chassis of the machine. Use screws to fix the soap drawer to the machine.
If you find this procedure too complicated, you could get help from a washer repairman. The washer repair and service technician will also help in solving other problems you may have with the machine.
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