How to Fix the Rubber Seal on a Front-Load Dryer

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How to Fix the Rubber Seal on a Front-Load Dryer
Fix the seal on your clothes dryer to keep it operating efficiently. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

If your dryer seems to be taking longer to dry clothes, it could be because you've got a leak with the rubber seal on your front-load dryer. The seal keeps heat inside the dryer. When torn or broken, the heat inside escapes, making the dryer work harder. Fix a broken rubber seal on your front-load dryer by simply replacing the whole thing. It isn't expensive, and replacing the seal is much more efficient than trying to repair a broken one.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pliers (optional)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Rag
  • Hot glue

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  1. 1

    Unplug the dryer from the electrical socket.

  2. 2

    Open the loading door of the dryer.

  3. 3

    Pull off the seal from around the edge of the dryer door. If the seal doesn't come up in your hands, use a pair of pliers or needle-nose pliers to remove the seal.

  4. 4

    Apply rubbing alcohol to a rag. Wipe this around the door to remove any stuck-on adhesive. You can also use a plastic putty knife to remove any stubborn glue.

  5. 5

    Apply high heat glue around the door opening.

  6. 6

    Press the new door seal into position.

  7. 7

    Allow the seal time to dry according to the glue manufacturer's instructions before using the dryer.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't attempt to cut away the seal with a utility knife or other sharp object since this can damage the dryer.

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