Signs of cuff deformation in a washing machine
It is quite easy to understand that the cause of the equipment malfunction is damage to the collar. After all, there are only two signs that indicate this.
Slight water leakage during washing.
Abundant flow with the formation of a puddle near the equipment.
In both cases, the washing machine must be immediately disconnected from the power supply. And only after that to sort out the causes of malfunction. If there are elementary skills of handling electrical equipment, then the first option will be an independent replacement of the cuff of the washing machine, the price of which will decrease to only the cost of the seal.
Replacing the washing machine door cuff
If cracks and leaks appear on the rubber band, it must be replaced completely. In some cases, you can make repairs by applying rubber patches using waterproof glue. You can use the method of turning the rubber cuff, a damaged (hole) in the upper part of the hatch. This can be done if the damage is minor, but note that water will constantly accumulate in the seals, as a whole cuff provides a drainage compartment. To remove the rubber band from the washing machine is necessary:
- Pick up the front metal clamp with one of the screwdrivers, and remove it in a circular motion, while helping with the other screwdriver.
- Unscrew the two screws that hold the door locking device.
Depending on the washing machine model and manufacturer, the procedure for removing the rubber from the washing machine drum may differ slightly, but the general algorithm of actions is the same.
Changing the washing machine door cuff
Changing the door cuff of the washing machine with your own hands is possible, it does not require any special skills. Therefore, you can refuse to call a repairman and save money.
The main thing is to approach this process with confidence and care.
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Before replacing the prepare a new seal, screwdriver, detergent (soap) and marker.
Tip: In order not to make a mistake when buying a new cuff, take the old one with you and pick up the same model, just for your machine.
What is the boot lid seal and how to save it?
The boot lid cuff is a special sealing rubber, available in all modern washing machines.
The design, as well as the material from which the cuff parts are made, may vary depending on the model and brand of the unit.
Washing machine cuffs should be occasionally:
It is better not to start the wash if there is something wrong with the cuff, so as not to provoke more serious malfunctions and water leakage from the hatch.
It is important to remember the recommendations in the washing machine’s instructions. These always state how you wash your clothes, so you don’t damage the sealing rubber.
The greatest danger is clothes with:
- Rhinestones and other decorations that can damage the rubber.
Such items should be turned inside out or washed in special pouches.
It is also very important to check s for foreign objects before loading laundry into the washer tank. Particularly dangerous for the rubber cuff of the washing machine:
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It is better, easier and more profitable (in terms of cost savings) to carry out preventive maintenance than to repair an already faulty washing machine.
Cleaning the door cuff and washing in accordance with all the rules of operation “Will prolong the life” cuff. But any appliances, even the most expensive and high-quality, are subject to wear and tear over time.
Why does the door seal leak?
Cuff. this consumable element of any washing machine comes to disrepair over time due to natural causes.
Washing detergents contain various compounds that adversely affect the rubber seal.
Working at high speed, the washing machine creates negative conditions for the structural elements of such a unit. LG WD Series washing machine seals suffer the most from this.
Damage from hard or sharp objects
There are zippers, buttons and other accessories on the clothes you wash that can damage the cuff.
Constant contact with water creates an environment for dangerous microorganisms to develop in the inner part of the O-ring. They can damage the rubber.
Remove the cuff
Many models of the washing machine are designed so that you do not need to disassemble the housing to replace the rubber seal. Some require disassembly of the front end. But do not worry. you do not need to be an expert, even a beginner can cope with the work.
The main thing. be careful, follow the safety rules and, if you need to replace the rubber cuff, buy a strictly identical part.
Before replacing the sunroof cuff with your own hands, assemble a small case with tools. You will need:
- Phillips screwdriver or electric screwdriver;
- 2 slotted (minus) screwdrivers;
- Pliers and a socket wrench (not required);
- Dishwashing liquid or gel soap.
Whatever your washing machine is, you need to proceed pretty much the same way:
- Inspect the machine and move it away from the wall.
- Disconnect from utilities: power and water supply.
- Remove the clothing from the drum.
- Open the door.
The gasket is secured with two clamps. Remove the first one, which is usually located on the outside of the rubber band:
- Carefully unbend the rubber band by pulling it toward you.
- You will see what looks like a metal wire (but the clamp can also be plastic).
- Undermine the clamp with the first thin screwdriver, and use the second to pull the part toward you.
- If you have needle-nose pliers, you can use them to remove. The clamp is tightened by a special spring: if it is stretched, it will come off easily. To extend the spring, insert the tool into its mounts and spread the handles. The spring will stretch and the clamp can be easily disassembled.
To remove the second (inner) clamp, remove the front panel of the machine. This isn’t hard to do:
- Unscrew a couple of screws from the back of the washer that hold the top cover.
- Pull the cover toward you, remove and set aside.
- Remove the detergent cuvette. Pull the receiver all the way out and push down on the latch, which you will see in the center. Usually it’s a small strip of plastic that covers the container for the rinse aid.
- Unscrew any fasteners you see behind the laundry detergent receiver.
- Above the display panel unscrew two more screws, and then carefully move the panel to the top, so as not to break the wiring.
- There are still mounts under the panel. get rid of them too.
- The washer should rest against the wall: tilt it back a bit to make it easier to remove the mounts from underneath.
- Open the service hatch on the bottom of the machine (front).
- Straighten the emergency drain hose and unscrew any fasteners you find.
- Push the rubber band inside the drum as far as possible.
- You can remove the front cover. Pull it upward to make it give way easily.
- Find the clamp that holds the gasket to the tank.
- To loosen it, you need to unscrew the bolt. If it’s uncomfortable, hold the nut with a socket wrench.
- If your model CM has filler spigots attached to the collar, remove them from there by loosening the clamps and removing the retainer.
- Now you have completely released the part, you can remove it.
Attention! Since you’ve done such painstaking work, take advantage of a good moment to clean the front of the drum of accumulated dirt and scale.
Be careful: wear gloves when removing the top cover, as the lower ends are sharp. And if the front panel turns out to be heavy, get someone to help you so you don’t drop it on yourself.
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Now, if you need to replace the cuff in the washing machine, you need to take a new part and assemble the machine.
How to Replace the Cuff in a Washing Machine
Careless use and physical wear and tear leads to loss of tightness of the door seal. The rubber ensures that the door closes tightly during the wash. So the first sign of damage is a leak from under the loading door or cabinet. In this publication we will consider how to replace the door cuff in the washing machine without resorting to the wizard.
How to remove a damaged rubber band?
Almost every washing machine owner can remove the seal from the drum and replace it with a new one. So, having noticed that the gasket is damaged, do not get upset and call the master. It is realistic to carry out the replacement yourself, without overpaying for the work.
The first thing to do is to buy a new door cuff, which fully corresponds to the damaged gasket. To do this in the store, you will need to name the model and serial number of your Atlant washing machine. It is even better to be guided by the markings directly on the seal.
Before proceeding to dismantle, it is important to de-energize the machine, shut off the water supply tap.
Next, it is advisable to wipe the body of the unit with a dry rag. After that you can proceed to remove the rubber cuff. The sequence of actions is as follows:
- Swing open the door of the hatch;
- Feel the outer and inner retaining clamp. If the ring is made of plastic. find the latch, loosen it with a screwdriver and pull the rim forward. When the clamp is metal, you will have to unscrew the screw and catch the spring with a slotted screwdriver;
- Remove the fixing rings from the machine;
- Carefully pull the front of the cuff from the body;
- find the mounting mark (it indicates how the rubber band should be positioned relative to the drum). Usually the mark is a distinctive protrusion;
- Use a pencil to mark a similar mark on the body;
- Pull the rubber out of the cavity completely.
Thus, with your own hands, you can remove the old, worn-out seal. Before installing a new rubber gasket, it is important to clean the seating area of plaque, accumulated dirt, powder residue. For this purpose a normal, strong soapy sponge is suitable. After cleaning, it is not necessary to wipe the cuff edge dry. the detergent left on the surface will serve as a lubricant and facilitate the installation of a new seal.
Steps in replacing the LG washing machine door cuff
To replace the cuff on an LG washing machine, you must first remove the springs that secure the cuff to the housing. Most often, they are located at the bottom of the hatch. If the machine has previously been repaired and replaced the sunroof cuff, in which case the springs may also be on the side.
When the springs are found, they should be picked up with a sharp enough object, and pulled toward you, while being careful not to tear the cuff hatch.
Together with the springs, the spring loaded round wire should come off and can be easily pulled out from under the cuff. The top cover is removed by unscrewing the screws that hold it, then the powder tray is removed, depending on the model there may be screws near it which should also be unscrewed and the plastic tabs that hold the front panel should be unfastened.
- Remove the front panel with the door by removing the screws located near the hatch lock, as well as in the top and bottom of the machine.
- When the front panel is removed, you should disconnect the hose connected to the cuff (in some models).
- Inside, too, there is a spring clip, which is removed by using a screwdriver, this clamp removed rather difficult, it is important not to hurry and do everything carefully.
- The old collar should first be unscrewed from the inside and pulled out.
After that will only wipe the landing place, remove dirt and dust and prepare a new one, and you should pick up the cuff brand exactly what was the old, the part number can be found on the plate on the inside of the hatch. the new lip seal should be positioned in accordance with the locating markings and the edges of the lip so that it can be lightly pressed into position using a small amount of soap and water. It will then be necessary to reattach the clamp (again, be careful), and reassemble the entire assembly in the reverse order.