In just about every home, you’ll find a washer. There are constantly newer more efficient or user friendly models appearing on the market, but they all have one thing in common: a Door Seal. Without this one simple part, you wouldn’t be able to use your washer without ending up with a giant puddle on your floor, which is why it’s our Pick of the Week.
The Door Seal may go by multiple names – the Door Boot, Door Gasket, Door Bellow – but it’s job doesn’t change. The Door Seal is typically a large rubber part that creates a seal between the Door and the Drum helping to prevent leaks.
A common sign that there’s a problem with your Door Seal is that the washer leaks water out onto the floor. It may be that there is a hole or tear somewhere, or simply that something is trapped in it preventing the door from closing properly.
We recommend getting in the habit of checking for signs of damage and to clean the Door Seal regularly, after each load if possible. If you do happen to find a tear or hole, you’ll want to replace the Door Seal ASAP with the Seal for your specific washer model.
Now, we know it may sound strange to clean something that’s job is to clean but regular cleaning is very important. You may have noticed that after each load a little bit of water tends to remain in the Door Seal (along with the occasional sock) and if left, you can quickly end up with mold or mildew. You’ll soon start to notice that not only your washer, but even your clothes will start to smell musty.
An easy way to prevent this from happening is to sanitize the seal and tub interior with a clean cloth, a bit of warm water, and bleach or vinegar, then wiping it dry after each use. You should aim to do this at least once a month, or every few loads depending on how often you do laundry. Already battling a smelly washer? You might find these tips helpful: How to Rid Your Washer of Pungent Odors.
We hope you enjoyed this post! If you’d like to see our past picks, you can find all of them here. Please don’t forget to like and share this with a friend, and to leave any questions or additional tips you may have for us below. Need a new Door Seal for your Washer? No problem. Find the replacement for your model on our website.
Written by: Sarah Walker