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Every dishwasher door has a door seal. If the dishwasher is leaking water, it might be that the door seal is defective or worn out. Try closing the dishwasher door on a sheet of paper and see if the door seal is making good contact all the way around the door. If not, replace the door seal. If the door seal is good or has been replaced and there is still a leak check the door hinges. If the hinges are bent the door will not close properly and the hinges will need to be replaced
use your model # to order new seals. they are easy to replace. Just grab an edge with your fingers and pull and the door seals will pull out of the groove they are in. to replace, start at the bottom center of each door pressing the seal into the groove. don't stretch the seal as you replace and it will fit perfectly.
Check the door seal size. Measure your door or doors, and take down the make and model number.
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2Order a replacement door seal.
It's easy to find them online. Make sure to check the model number for
your refrigerator when you order it. When it arrives, hold the new door
seal up against the old door seal to compare the size. The sizes are
rarely incorrect, but it will save you the trouble of doing the job
twice if you happened to receive the wrong door seal.
3Locate the screws.
Lift the edges of the seal and find the screws underneath that are
holding in the plastic liner and door seal. Often, the screws hold in a
plastic liner, which in turn clamps the door seal to the door.
4Loosen the screws.
Begin to loosen the screws that hold in the door seal. DO NOT take the
screws all of the way out. It is unnecessary and will create more of a
job for you. If at all possible, loosen only a few screws at a time, as
5Remove the old seal.
Once all of the screws are loose, the door seal should easily slide out
from behind the plastic liner. Don't be too forceful when doing this
step, since some plastic liners can be quite brittle and crumble if you
are too rough. If the plastic is old, replace it.
6Insert the new seal.
Begin slipping the small lip of the new door seal behind the plastic
liner of the fridge. The best method is to start in the top corners and
work your way around the door.
7Tighten the screws.
Once the door seal is in a certain section, you can begin tightening
the screws. Begin with the 8 corner screws, and then check the
alignment of the door while closed. Also check that the seal is even
and straight. If the door is twisted, you can easily manipulate the
door to twist back into shape whilst the screws are loose. Then tighten
the remaining screws.
Use a bit of baby powder or talcum powder to prevent sticking. Rub some
powder around the hinge side corners of the door seal, and where the
seal slides. This will help to prevent the door seal from twisting as
it meets the metal of the fridge. If this still doesn't prevent
twisting, then wedge a screwdriver under the seal as you close the door
and leave it shut for an hour.
9Check for gaps.
Look for any gaps in the door seal, especially at the top on the
opening side. These can form due to the door dropping or being out of
alignment. One way to check is to turn on a flashlight and place it
inside, then close the door and look for light.
10Fix any gaps in the door seal.
Pack out the seal underneath the areas where the door seal has the
gaps. This can be done with a small strip of weather stripping, as
shown here, or a bit of tightly rolled up paper under the door seal.
Alternatively, you can heat the door seal up with a hair dryer to fix
the gaps. This softens the door seal and allows you to stretch it.
11Check the corners.
If the application of powder hasn't prevented the door seal twisting,
then wedge a screwdriver under the seal as you close the door and leave
it shut for an hour. The door seal will then have enough time to mould
into the correct shape.
You can peel back the seal looking behind it and there should be screws all the way around it.
Or you problem could be caused by-
The lower hinge on each door
may have a door closing cam. It raises the door up ¼ inch when opening and this
assist in closing the door. If it’s wore out and doesn’t work the door may not
seal and the gasket can be damaged. Watch the operation of the door to see if
it rises up when opened.
I just found a service release number for my Frigidaire dishwasher that says it applies to Serial numbers TH632 through serial number TH737 made in 2007 for a replacement kit for the door seal at the bottom of the door. The bottom door seal has been changed, adding side seals that restrict the water surge from the center spray arm. The part number for the new seal is p/n 154588201. This seal can be replaced without removing the dishwasher or either of the door panels. The seal is located on the bottom of the inner door panel and appears as a cream colored flexible rubber blade bonded to a milky white colored plastic strip. To remove and properly install replacement follow the instructions carefully. 1. Replacing this seal can be accomplished without disconnecting power from the unit. Always use extra care when electrical power is present while serving an appliance. 2. Open door all the way down and remove lower rack. Set rack aside to a safe location. 3. Locate the seal on the bottom of inner door panel. Facing front of unit, the right side of the seal can be pulled down slightly to facilitate removal. 4. Pull seal straight into the tub from right side. 5. With seal removed, and before installing replacement seal, locate the channel in inner door panel that the seal mounts into. Locating this channel before installing the replacement can make this procedure easier. SERVICE FLASH DW071 6. Place the new seal on a flat surface and measure from the bottom of the seal, (See Figure 1 to determine bottom of seal), up 3/8 "of an inch and place a mark with a pen or marker on both ends (See Figure 2). If needed, scribe a straight line between these two marks this will give you a guide when installing seal into the inner door panel. 7. The seal can only be installed one way. The end that holds this seal into the inner door panel has a ½ inch notch cut in the right side. This notch allows the seal to be installed around the end of the inner door channel that holds the seal. 8. Line up the seal along the bottom of the inner door panel and start from the right side, push the seal into the door channel to the line marked in step #6. 9. With seal in place close the door, the tub will align the seal as needed. 10. Reinstall lower rack and operate unit to check for leaks. If leaks continue to occur at the bottom corners, order Splash shield kit 154701001 for dishwasher.
Before installing the kit remove and reinstall the lower door seal. To install the lower seal make sure you measure up from the bottom of the seal 3/8 of an inch and mark the seal, do this on both ends. This locates how far down the seal needs to be before closing the door. Do not install this seal without measuring it first. After the lower door seal has been re-installed then install the splash shields according to the instructions accompanying with the kit.