If you notice leaks around your dishwasher door and a pool of water on your kitchen floor, don’t call a repair technician just yet! One of the most common causes of dishwasher leaks is a faulty door seal. Simply open your dishwasher door and check the door seal. If you see tears, cracks or damage, it’s a good sign that your door seal (also called a gasket) needs replacing. Replacing a door seal is easy and takes just a few simple steps. No costly call out fees for repairs required!
Types of dishwasher door seals
Dishwasher door seals provide a watertight seal and prevent water leaking from your dishwasher. Most dishwashers have two different types of door seals.
- Upper door seal
- Lower door seal
Inspect your door seals thoroughly to determine which one needs replacing. In this article, we will show you how to easily replace your upper door seal.
Find the right dishwasher door seal
To find the right replacement part for your dishwasher, first locate your dishwasher model number. Most manufacturers will place the model number either on the inner side of the dishwasher door or along the inner base of the dishwasher. Additionally, you may find it along the side sill. You can buy replacement dishwasher door seals and gaskets for all leading brands here.
What you will need:
- Paper towels
- Knife or scissors
Replace your dishwasher door seal in 3 steps
Safety first! Before you get started, ensure your dishwasher is disconnected from the power and water supply system.
1. Remove the old seal from your dishwasher door by gently pulling out the existing gasket. Clean any debris from the gasket channel with warm soapy water and a sponge. Wipe dry with a paper towel.
2. Secondly, hold the new seal in the centre, so that an equal amount hangs down on each side. Make sure you have the correct side facing outward. Starting at the top centre of the dishwasher, press the centre of the dishwasher seal into the recessed channel. Continue to press the it firmly into the channel around one side, then press the other side into the channel.
3. Leave approximately 2cm on either side of the seal beyond the bottom of the channel. Use a knife or scissors to gently cut away any excess rubber from the seal. Finally, close the door and check that it is secured firmly. This ensures it is installed correctly.
Maintenance tips for your dishwasher
Regularly check your dishwasher door seal and inspect for wear and tear. Save time and money by replacing your dishwasher it at the first sign of damage. Statewide Appliance Spares have the biggest range of dishwasher door seals for all leading brands.
Great results start with great products
To increase the longevity of your dishwasher, we recommend regular maintenance and the use of quality products. You can find a list of common dishwasher problems and easy DIY fixes on our blog.
Descaling your dishwasher will not only deodorise and clean your unit, it will help it perform at its best. We recommend Aktivo Dishwashing + Washing Machine Descaler to effectively remove limescale and grime.
For sparkling clean glasses and dishes, use a safe, effective formula. Aktivo’s ultra-concentrate dishwasher powder is 100% soluble and phosphate free, with enzymes for fast elimination of tough stains.
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