One of the most worrying things for a washing machine owner is seeing a leak coming from the front of the machine due to an old or faulty seal. Thinking of repairing the problem can bring images of expensive repair bills, but the good news is it can actually be fixed relatively easily yourself.
Below we have outlined each step in the repair process along with a handy video on the Ezee-Fix You Tube Channel – How to fit a washing machine seal. For the sake of these instructions we are using a Hotpoint Washing Machine, but the procedure will be very similar on all Washing Machines.
As with all domestic appliance repairs, please ensure that your appliance has been unplugged first.
- To Start with we have to remove the top lid, the soap drawer and the kick plate at the bottom. To remove the lid undo the two screws at the back, then the lid will slide off. The Soap drawer just pulls out and the kick plate clicks off.
- Next we have to take out the screws on the control panel (where the soap draw and buttons/dials are). These are stainless steel screws, designed not to rust in the soap drawer so keep them separate. Once these screws are out the control panel can be removed which gives access to the front panel.
- The front panel is attached with four more screws, one in each corner. We also need to remove the two screws inside the door on either side of the latch.
- To remove the Front Panel we need to unfasten the Door Seal from the panel. Using a small flat head screwdriver pry the door retainer spring out, which is located under the seal. This is your access to the spring, which you can pull off from around the seal by hand.
- Now pull the seal loose from the panel and push it into the centre of the machine. The front panel of the machine will now lift off.
- This gives us full access to the seal and the Inner retainer. Again using the small flat head screwdriver pry out the retainer and click it out by hand. Then simply by opening the door seal out a bit we can remove it from the machine.
- Now we come to attaching the new door seal. Put your fingers in round the band of the seal, and find the groove on the drum of the machine, then it’s a matter of aligning the two and feeding the seal around the drum. This can take a minute or two, but the door seal will click into place.
- Then it’s time to put the door retainer back into place. Put it into the grooves around the outside of the seal before clipping it back into place. Ensure that its fully pushed into place as it was on the old seal we have replaced.
- Now for the final stages; place the front panel back on the appliance and screw the door latch back into place. Pull the seal through the door and then push back into the groove around the edges of the panel again. Then replace the outer door retainer, again following the groove ensure it clips back into place.
- Next just click control back down into place, ensuring you use the same rust proof screws from before. Once this is done push the soap drawer back in and pop the kick plate under the front panel.
- Finally place the lid back onto the machine sliding it forward in place and screwing in the last two screws.
This completes the procedure. The trickiest part of this is putting the Door Seal in place, as the new one is quite tight, you can try soaking the door seal in water first as this can help loosen it and make it easier to fit.
As with all repairs and replacement parts, if you go to www.ezee-fix.co.uk with the make and model number, you can get the exact part you need.