How to Change the Door Seal on a Samsung Front-Loading Washer

Like most appliance manufacturers, Samsung obtains various components, including front-load washer door seals, from specialized third-party manufacturers. Although these flexible door seals usually last for many years, repetitive flexing, together with the presence of hot, soapy water, eventually causes the rubber to wear out and crack. If you notice water leaking through the washer door, and if you have basic do-it-yourself skills, save money by replacing the leaky door seal yourself.

Step 1

Unplug the power cord and pull the washer a few feet away from the wall.

Step 2

Remove the screws holding the top of the machine to the back panel, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the top panel back and lift it off the machine.

Step 3

Pull the detergent dispenser drawer out from its recess on the upper left front of the machine. Reach into the back, release the retaining clip and remove the drawer.

Step 4

Detach the three screws in the dispenser drawer recess, together with the two screws on top of the control panel.

Step 5

Depress the tabs behind the top of the control panel with your fingers while exerting slight outward pressure. Tilt the top of the panel forward, lift it up and fold it back so that it rests on top of the machine; do not disconnect any wires.

Step 6

Open the washer door. Insert the tips of a pair of needle-nose pliers between the bottom edge of the door seal and the door flange. Grip the spring-loaded wire clamp surrounding the seal and pull it all the way out of its groove.

Step 7

Peel the edge of the door seal away from the metal lip surrounding the door. Pull the waterproof light fitting out of its recess on the top right of the seal. Compress the lugs on the hose clamp surrounding the door glass rim tube on the left of the light recess with a pair of channel pliers. Pull the tube out of the door seal connecting tube, and push the rest of the seal inside the opening.

Step 8

Tilt the washer backward and place a wooden block under the front corner. Lower the machine onto the block to gain access to the screws along the bottom of the front door panel.

Step 9

Detach the four screws holding the bottom of the front panel to the chassis. Remove the block and lower the washer.

Step 10

Remove the four screws on top of the front panel. Pull the panel forward to release the nylon lugs on each side, and lift the panel up and out. Unplug the front panel wires by withdrawing the plug from the wiring harness socket. Place the panel on one side.

Step 11

Pull the defective door seal, together with the spring clamp surrounding the seal, off the rim of the washer drum. Remove the spring clamp from its groove and discard the defective door seal.

Step 12

Lubricate the groove on the new door seal drum flange with dishwashing liquid. Align the pointer on the rim of the new door seal with the tab on top of the washer drum. Make sure that the both the light tube and the door glass rim tube are on top.

Step 13

Work the groove on the door seal flange over the rim surrounding the drum. Start at the top and work your way around the opening until the entire rim of the door seal is connected firmly to the drum.

Step 14

Slide the spring clamp into its groove on top of the seal. Work both sides of the spring into the groove until you're a third of the way down on each side. Wedge the two plastic spacers provided with the door seal kit between the seal and the protruding outer edge of the drum; this will hold the seal in place while you slide the rest of the spring clamp into its groove.

Step 15

Wedge the two plastic spacers provided with the door seal kit between the seal and the protruding outer edge of the drum; this will hold the seal in place while you slide the rest of the spring clamp into its groove.

Step 16

Reconnect the front panel to the wiring harness. Align the holes on the inner face of the front panel with the nylon lugs on the machine and press the panel firmly into place against the washer.

Step 17

Secure the top edge of the panel to the washer with the screws removed earlier. Prop the bottom up on the block, replace the screws along the bottom edge of the panel and tighten them securely. Remove the block and lower the washer.

Step 18

Plug the light fitting into its recess, reconnect the door glass rim tube to the top of the door seal and slide the lip on the front of the door seal over the door flange by reversing the procedure carried out in Step 7. Secure the door seal by stretching the spring-loaded wire clamp around the seal and into its groove.

Step 19

Replace the control panel by reversing the procedure carried out in Step 5. Slide the detergent dispenser tray back into the machine. Position the top panel on the washer, push it back into place and secure it to the back panel with the screws removed earlier.

Step 20

Plug the appliance power cord back into the outlet and push the washer back against the wall. Switch the machine on to ensure that there are no leaks from around the door.