How To Replace A Washing Machine Tub Seal

If you notice water on the floor during wash and spin cycles when you run the washing machine, it is likely because of a broken tub seal. The tub seal provides leak protection between the transmission and the tub. Replacing the tub seal is a simple DIY job, but it requires patience. Here are tips to replace a washing machine tub seal.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need:

  • work gloves
  • absorbent rags
  • putty knife
  • phillips screwdriver
  • flat-blade screwdriver  
  • spanner wrench
  • channel lock pliers
  • hammer
  • spray lubricant
  • replacement seal

Move the washer from the wall with help from an assistant, if needed. Unplug the power cord. Ensure the water is drained, and turn off the water valves, which are commonly located behind the machine.

Access the Tub Seal

Look for a control panel on the bottom front or bottom rear of the machine. Use a screwdriver to detach the screws, and set the panel and screws aside. Some machines may have covers you pop off before you access the panel.

If the panel has clips instead of screws, insert a putty knife between the top of the washer and lower corners of the control panel seams. Pull the knife up to detach the clips. Twist the panel up until it is off the washing machine.

Remove the Inner and Outer Tub

Disconnect the soap dispenser on top of the agitator. The agitator is a device shaped like a spindle in the center of the tub responsible for moving clothes.

If there is a blue ring, lift it from the agitator, use the flat-blade screwdriver to disconnect it.. If there is a dust cap in the agitator shaft, pull it off manually. Detach the nut under the agitator cap, and remove the agitator.

Attach the spanner wrench to the spanner nuts, and tap it with a hammer as you hold the inner tub firmly against the outer tub. Spin the nut to remove it. This may take some force. Remove the inner tub.

Tap the drive block on the drive shaft that holds the outer tub with the hammer. Lay a rag under the tub pump.

Detach the air dome, which is attached to a rubber hose. Disconnect the hose by depressing the clamps, and pull the hose out of the tub. Lightly lubricate the agitator drive shaft, and detach he tub

Replace the Seal

Lift the old tub seals off, and clean the openings. Lay the tub upside down, and insert the new seal in the opening. .Push down on each side of the seal until it snaps in place.

Reconnect all the parts. Run a cycle without to test the seal.

Replacing the tub seal yourself is cost-effective. If you don't trust your skill, or the washer still leaks, contact an appliance repair service, such as All Appliance Service Inc.