Washer Leaking From The Door? Fix The Seal In 8 Steps

Is your washing machine doing it’s best impression of Niagara Falls?

Don’t worry. A washer leaking from the door is quite a common issue, with many homeowners reaching for their mop and bucket. But guess what? You no longer have to settle for soggy socks and wet laundry rooms. 

This article will walk you through 8 simple steps to fix that pesky door seal and get your front-load washer back to its water-tight best.

I’ll cover essential fixes like inspecting the door seal, checking the door alignment, and even replacing the seal if needed. 

By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be a door-seal-fixing pro and have the confidence to tackle this watery woe head-on. 

Grab your toolbox and a fresh cup of coffee, and let’s dive into the world of washer door seals together. Then, keep reading below to banish those leaks once and for all.

Ready to wave goodbye to soggy socks? Then let’s dive in!

What You’ll Need:

  • Screwdriver (flat-head and Phillips)
  • Plier (Based on model)
  • A new door seal (specific to your washer model)
  • A towel or rag for cleaning
  • Mild detergent or dish soap
  • A bucket or container (to catch any water)

Washer Leaking From The Door? Follow These 8 Steps

#1: Assess the Leak

Before you dive into the world of door seals, it’s essential to confirm that the leak is coming from the door. Start by running a wash cycle and observing where the water is escaping. If the water is indeed seeping from the door area, you’re in the right place. However, if the leak comes from elsewhere, you may need to investigate other potential causes.

#2: Level Your Washer 

A wobbly washer can put extra stress on the door seal, leading to leaks. To prevent this, make sure your washer is level. 

Place a spirit level on top of the washer and check its alignment. If it’s uneven, adjust the washer’s feet by twisting them clockwise or counterclockwise until the washer is level.

#3: Adjust the Door Latch 

Sometimes, a leaky door seal can be caused by a misaligned door latch. To check if this is the case, close the washer door and see if it aligns correctly with the latch. If it doesn’t, you may need to adjust the latch or the door hinges to ensure a snug fit.

#4: Identify the Door Seal Problem

The most common reason for a washer leaking from the door is a damaged or worn-out door seal (also known as a gasket or boot). The seal is a rubbery, circular component between the door and the drum, creating a watertight barrier. 

inspecting door seal to see if it's worn out
Check the door seal to know if it’s worn-out

To check the seal, open the washer door and visually inspect it for any signs of wear or damage, such as tears, cracks, or mold. You can also run your fingers along the seal, feeling for any irregularities.

#5: Remove the Old Seal

Before attempting to remove the old seal, it’s essential to consult a tech manual or search online for model-specific instructions, as the process can vary between models and might not be suitable for all users. 

Consider calling a professional technician if you need clarification or are uncomfortable performing the repair.

If you decide to proceed, here are some general steps to follow:

  1. Unplug your washer to ensure your safety during the repair process.
  1. Open the washer door and locate the outer clamp that secures the seal to the door. This clamp is usually a thin wire or band with a spring.
  1. Using a flat-head screwdriver, carefully pry the clamp away from the seal.
  1. Once you remove the outer clamp, peel the seal away from the door opening, revealing the inner clamp that holds the seal to the drum.
  1. This clamp is typically a circular metal band tightened with a screw. Use a Phillips screwdriver to loosen the screw and remove the inner clamp.
  1. Finally, pull the seal off the drum and set it aside.

Remember, these steps might not apply to all washer models, so consult a tech manual or search online for model-specific instructions before attempting any repairs.

It’s also worth noting that for some models – particularly LG washers – you may need special pliers in order to remove the seal. If you’re reading this and aren’t confident, I recommend calling in a pro!

 #6: Clean the Area

With the old seal removed, take a moment to clean the area where the seal was attached. Then, use a towel or rag dampened with a mild detergent or dish soap to wipe away any residue, dirt, or mold. 

cleaning inside washer door seal
Use a towel to wipe out any mold, dirt or residue

It will ensure a secure fit for your new seal and help prevent future leaks. Before installing the new seal, take a moment to clean the drum and door frame. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any soap residue or debris. 

A squeaky-clean surface ensures a snug fit for the new seal and reduces the chances of future leaks.

#7: Test Your Handiwork 

Before reattaching the clamps, testing your handiwork is a good idea. Plug in the washer and run a short, empty cycle to ensure no leaks. 

If you spot any water escaping, double-check the seal’s positioning and make any necessary adjustments. If everything looks good, it’s time to reattach the clamps.

#8: Maintain Your Seal for Future Leak-Free Laundry Days

To keep your washer in tip-top shape, it’s essential to maintain the door seal regularly. Wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any soap residue or debris after each use. Leaving the washer door open between uses can also help prevent mold and mildew growth, extending the life of your seal.


You’ve successfully replaced your washer’s door seal and ended those pesky leaks. With your newfound DIY skills and a little ongoing maintenance, you can look forward to a future filled with leak-free laundry days. 

Go ahead, put on your favorite tunes, and confidently tackle that mountain of laundry, knowing your washer is as watertight as a duck’s back.

Hi there! I’m Craig, and I’m the founder of Appliance Analysts. When it comes to appliances and anything electrical, I’ve always loved opening things up, figuring out how they work, and fixing them. This website is where I share free advice from myself and our experts to help our readers solve their appliance/HVAC problems and save money. Read more