How to Replace Whirlpool washing Machine Door Seal

by / Tuesday, 14 April 2015 / Published in Door Seals & Gaskets, Repair Guides, Washing machines




This video will show you How to replace and fit a new Door Seal gasket on Whirlpool, Bauknecht, Fisher & Paykel, Ignis, Ikea, Laden, Maytag, Neutral & Philips washing machines

Whirlpool Washing Machine Door Seal

 

If your washing machine is leaking from the front of the door, or the door seal is torn, warped or damaged, or mold has built up at the bottom of the seal and it's beyond cleaning, it´s time to replace it for a new one.

This video will show you in detail how to replace the door seal gasket and fit the new one properly to Whirlpool, Bauknecht, Fisher & Paykel, Ignis, Ikea, Laden, Maytag, Neutral & Philips models of washing machine.




New Whirlpool washing machine door seal

New washing machine door seal

Align the Whirlpool door seal with drain holes at the bottom of drum

Align the door seal with drain holes at the bottom of drum

 

Fitting Whirlpool seal retaining band or spring

Fitting seal retaining band or spring

 

Inspecting Whirlpool washing machine for leaks

Inspecting washing machine for leaks

 

Here is the step by step procedure on the process:

 

  • First thing we need to do is disconnect the appliance from the power supply, and remove the two screws in the back of the machine that hold the top panel.
  • Then remove the soap drawer and the screws that hold the facial panel at the top.
  • To remove the control panel from the machine you need to release the plastic pin that holds it to the chassis of the machine. Be careful on doing this, because it can easily break.
  • The next thing to do is remove the kick strip or plinth from the bottom of the machine to access the screws that hold the front facial panel.
  • Take off the outer door seal retaining band or spring with the help of a flat blade screw driver, and peel the seal of the lip, and tuck it inside the drum.
  • Unscrew the three screws at the bottom of the facial panel, the two screws that hold the door lock in place and the two screws at the top of the facial panel.
  • Now you are ready to release the front facial panel of the chassis. Just slide it upwards and it will come loose easily. Remember that at the middle there are small plastic lugs that fit the panel in place.
  • The next thing to do is remove the retaining spring that holds the gasket to the drum with the help of a flat blade screw driver.
  • Peel the seal from the drum.
  • It´s a good idea to give a good clean around the outer drum; just wipe all the scale and scum that builds up over time.
  • Now we´re ready to fit the new seal, align the seal with the draining holes at the bottom of the drum, make sure the seal marks line up on the drum this is very important.
  • When fitting the new seal, it´s a good idea to use a little bit of fairy liquid just to help you slide the seal to its correct position (see video for this), and also with the help of a friend or the wife, secure the seal into its place and then just slowly work around the drum. Make sure that the seal fits correctly on the lip of the drum.
  • After fitting the new seal, inspect it for creases and if its correctly aligned with the draining holes at the bottom of the drum, if needed, just push it yourself to its place (see video for this)
  • Tuck the gasket inside the drum and put back again the retaining spring that holds the gasket to the drum, with the help of a clamp or someone holding the seal.
  • The next step is to replace the front facial panel of the machine, remember to align the holes with the lugs on the chassis, and also the door lock that is held in place with a clip.
  • Fit the door lock that is held on with two screws, and clean the surface of the panel where the seal goes, and it´s also a good idea to put some fairy liquid to help it slide over the lip.
  • Fit the three screws at the bottom and the kick strip or plinth, and the screws at the top of the facial panel.
  • Now just and unfold the seal from inside the drum. Carefully just put the seal under the lip of the front panel, and with the help of a pair of spare hands, replace the seal retaining band or spring.
  • Make sure the seal is not twisted by opening and shutting the door.
  • The control panel goes into place by just pressing it against the chassis of the washing machine, just fit one side first and then the other side will clip and lock into place.
  • You are ready to fit the screw from the soap drawer, and the two screws at the top.
  • Insert the soap drawer and the top panel of the washing machine
  • Now the only things you need to do are connect the machine up, select a wash program and slide a piece of paper underneath the washing machine to inspect for any leaks!

The Causes of Black Marks & Mildew or mold on Washing Machine Door Seal and how to stop this happening

 

The bacteriological build-up in your machine is due to poor cleaning and damp environment over the days that the machine is not being used. It really is that simple and, all too often down to bad maintenance.

What happens is that new type of washing machines use less water to wash and are left for too long without performing a maintenance wash which will allow bacteria to build up in the washing machine which will grow very happily in the warm damp conditions which will eventually lead to what is shown here on the door seal or door rubber as some people call it.

Also using solely liquid detergents, liquid tablets, color only powders (or liquid) as well as most of the "alternative" products like Soap nuts, Eco-balls NOT contain any bleach and will not remove any bacteria effectively. Should you wish to use these alternative products you will also have to add bleach to prevent "greying" of your whites over time as well as other problems.

Whipping the door seal after each wash will help no end leaving the machine door slightly ajar when not in use also massively helps; this allows the seal to dry out and hinders the growth of bacteria inside the washing machine's drum as well as the door seal.

3 Responses to “How to Replace Whirlpool washing Machine Door Seal”

  1. Rob says : Reply

    Thanks from Holland for the very clear instruction video’s. Helps me to get the job done!

  2. Pete says : Reply

    Worth noting the more recent Ikea Renlig FWM type washing machines are a pig to replace the seal on. You need access to the bottom of the machine to remove 3 screws that release front panel. The concrete drum weight then makes access to refit the new seal almost impossible. It has to be lubricate with washing up liquid and then tortuously rotated as you feed on the seal from the small point at the top of the drum where you can access the drum lip. Two and a half hours !!

  3. raimo says : Reply

    how do I change program selection knob for whirlpool awo/d 4310 washing machine?
    if there would be a video of this job it would be even more helpfull
    yours Raimo J Pollanen

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