How to Fit Washing Machine Door Seals

Updated February 21, 2017

Water leaking from the front of your machine during a wash cycle could be a sign of a bad door seal. These seals are necessary to keep water from spilling out of a front load washing machine during the wash cycle. A bad door seal, however, doesn't mean you have to throw out the entire washer. You can fit a new washing machine door seal on your machine yourself. Your washer will perform as good as new.

Unplug the washing machine from the socket. Turn off the water supply by turning the water supply valve at the rear of the machine to the right.

Loosen the screws holding the top of the machine in place. These may be in the rear or along the sides of the machine. Remove and set aside.

Pull the soap tray out of the machine. Loosen the screws holding the control panel in place. Some of the screws may be inside where the soap compartment was mounted. Lift the control panel out of the machine carefully and set on top.

Open the washer door. Use a pair of pliers, screwdriver or needle-nose pliers to pull out the retaining clip at the top of the door seal. Push the seal inside the machine. Remove the kick panel from the bottom of the machine by unclipping it or unscrewing it and set aside.

Remove the screws holding the front washer cover in place. Pull the front cover off the machine.

Remove the spring clip holding the door seal in place. Unhook the spring clip from itself, or pull it off from around the seal. Pull the seal out of the door.

Align the new seal so that the drain holes are at the bottom of the washing machine door. Fit the new washing machine door seal into place, ensuring that it is snug in place around the drum opening. Secure with the spring clip around the mouth of the drum.

Replace the front cover, kick panel, control panel and top. Secure with the screws.

Plug the machine back in. Restore the water by turning on the water supply.


Some of the screws holding your washer together may be either Phillips, hex head or Torx type. Use the screwdriver with the appropriate head.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Hex screwdriver
  • Torx screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Washing machine door seal
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Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.