How To Install LG Washer Door Seal

The door seal on a front loading washer is sometimes called the door boot. In order to gain access to the screws that hold the front panel on, we must remove the washer top. Therefore you will have to position the washer so that you can gain access to the back to remove the screws that hold the top on. Also although you might be able to remove the spring-loaded clamps that hold the boot on the washer with a screwdriver, it is a difficult task.

It's probably wise to invest in the spring expansion tools that come from LG. The part number for the outer spring removal tool is, 383EER4001A, and the part number for the inner tub spring removal tool is, 383EER4004A. The purchase of these specialty tools will save you a lot of aggravation.

The door seal on a front loading washer is sometimes called the door boot. In order to gain access to the screws that hold the front panel on, we must remove the washer top. Therefore you will have to position the washer so that you can gain access to the back to remove the screws that hold the top on. Also although you might be able to remove the spring-loaded clamps that hold the boot on the washer with a screwdriver, it is a difficult task. It's probably wise to invest in the spring expansion tools that come from LG. The part number for the outer spring removal tool is, 383EER4001A, and the part number for the inner tub spring removal tool is, 383EER4004A. The purchase of these specialty tools will save you a lot of aggravation. LG Washer Tool 383EER4001A and LG Washer Tool 383EER4001A

First start by moving the washer to a position so that you have access to the back. Next disconnect the washer from the electrical supply. Open the door to the washer, and using the outer spring removal tool, part number 383EER4001A, spread the spring attached to the stainless steel clamp located at the six o'clock position just behind the lip on the door seal. Once the clamp is removed, peel back the door seal from the front panel and rotate it inward slightly. With the boot pushed to the side, reach in on the right-hand side of the door seal and release the wire connector to the door switch.

Now close the washer door and open the filter cover located on the lower left section of the front panel. Unlatch the drainage tube sticking out and remove the screw at the bottom that holds the filter housing in place. Remove the housing and put it off to the side. Now remove the screw at the very bottom of the panel that was behind the filter housing. Next, move behind the washer and remove the two screws from the plastic brackets that hold the top of the washer in position. Now slide the top back about an inch, lift it up and place it off to the side. Remove the detergent dispenser by pulling it forward and pressing on the tab in the left rear to unlock it from the detergent dispenser housing. You will now see two screws that secure the front panel to the dispenser housing, remove those two screws. Now move to the right of the washer and remove the screw just behind the front panel on the top right holding it in place. Next, using your fingers pry up on the control panel on the left side slightly to snap it loose and work your way to the right, releasing the control panel.

After the control panel is loose, lift it up and place it on top of the washer. It is not necessary to disconnect any of the wiring. Next, remove the six screws across the top of the front panel that hold it to the washer. With the screws removed, lift the panel up off of the brackets that secure it to the base of the washer. Now use a pair of regular pliers to slide the clamps up that hold the steam and circulation hoses to the door seal at the 12 o'clock position. Now slide the hoses off the ports. Then at the 6 o'clock position of the door seal, use your pliers to squeeze the upper clamp that secures the drain hose to the drain port, and remove the hose.

Now you can use the inner spring removal tool, part number 383EER4004A, to expand the clamp spring, located at the 3 o'clock position on the door seal boot. Remove the clamp and set it off to the side. Now you can remove the defective door seal from the washer. Before you install the new door seal, transfer the steam and circulation nozzle from the old door seal to the new one. Next, apply liquid dish soap all the way around the new door seal in the groove that snaps on the washer outer tub. This will make the installation much easier. Now you can reinstall the door seal making sure that you put the steam and circulation nozzles in the correct position. There's a little pointer, or tab, on the very top of the door seal that indicates the 12 o'clock position.

It takes a bit of effort, and is a tight squeeze with the counterweights on the front of the tub, but position the door seal all the way around the lip on the outer tub. After the boot is completely secure on the outer tub, use your spring expansion pliers to reinstall the spring-loaded clamp that holds the boot to the washer. Now you can reinstall the steam, circulation, and boot drain hoses. Now all you need to do, is reverse the process to reassemble the washer. Don't forget to reconnect the wires to the washer door lock switch. When you are done, fill the washer up with water and let it operate for some time, then check for leaks.