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How to change the washer rubber

Replace your washing machine door rubber yourself. Repair tips

When the washerleaks water from the front may be due to the door gasketbeing punctured, chewed or cracked. A small flaw can cause the gasket that makes the door glass with the hatch rubber to not be functioning properly.


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Sometimes, pieces of clothing such as zippers, hook-and-eye fasteners or sneaker laces can cause tears and breaks in the door seal. It is advisable to turn denim garments inside out or put garments with buckles on the bottom of the drum. also watch out for sneakers! The part may also suffer from wear and tear due to continuous use of the appliance: water and detergents cause the rubber to suffer damage over time.

Check the condition of the rubber carefully before making the repair: water leaks usually occur when the break is on the underside of the rubber.

Changing the rubber step-by-step:

* Before starting the repair, examine well the position of the damaged washer rubber: it is likely to have some holes on the bottom, or some way to identify the correct position of the part. It is even recommended that you take photographs to serve as a guide later on.


1.- Pull apart the tab that fits into the outer plate of the washer. You can help yourself with a flat screwdriver (large) or a spatula (plastic so as not to mark the appliance's paint).

2.- Almost all washing machine door rubbers have on the outer tab a metallic fastening flange (with a spring or set screw for attachment). Remove this flange.

washing machine replacement flange

Outside flange

3.-Now that the outside of the rubber is free, push it toward the bottom of the tub until you come into view of the inner flange, a metal fastener that is slightly larger than the outer one and holds the inner part of the rubber to the bass drum.

4.- Locate the inner flange: you will need to loosen a screw or pull a spring. When you remove this fastener, you can remove the rubber that caused the failure (and you have half the job done). There may be dirt where the rubber was attached. It is recommended that it is clean so that the new hatch rubber is perfectly in place so that there will be no new leaks.

Flange to change washing machine rubber

Bosch internal clamping flange

5.- Now we are going to carry out the steps in reverse: place the hatch rubber on the washing machine drum, remember to place the rubber in the same position as the previous one: they usually havedrain holes at the bottom. When you have it in place, flip it over as at the time of removal so that you can access the flange as easily as possible.

6.- Once placed on thedrum, you must attach the inner flange and make sure the clamping screw is tightened securely.

7.- Pull the rubber to its final shape and snap the replacement rubber into themetal door frame(you're almost there).

8.- Replace the outer flange between the rubber and the frame, you can again help yourself with a screwdriver or a pry tool.

If you have followed the steps correctly and everything has been tightened properly, the fault will be fixed and all that will remain is to put in the laundry that has accumulated over the past few days.

** There are several different systems: some models of Fagor have a tube at the top for water recirculation, in this case, just unclip and fit the tube between steps 4 and 5. On some models of Bosch and Balayof 8 kilos, the change of the rubber is VERY COMPLICATED and you have to disassemble a large part of the front end, in other models of 7 kilos, it is also necessary to disassemble it, but it is much simpler.

Always remember to go documenting with photographs and notes every step we are taking, if at any time we feel lost, we can undo the path we have done. Make sure you have before starting all the necessary material throughout the repair and, as always, we recommend that if you do not feel able to finish, better not to start with the repair, lest the attempt will be expensive.