Many times while loading clothes into front-loading washing machines we overlook some simple yet effective preventative actions that can prevent a appliance repair visit. I receive many repair calls from Boise homeowners who describe a rip or chunk that has been taken out of their washer door seal. Most times the rip is in the six o’clock position. Most never realize what causes this. I’ve heard things such as their little fluffy dog had bitten a piece out of it or their toddler bit a piece out of it. Ha Ha.
No, what actually causes this rip in the washer seal is improper loading of the clothes. When the clothes are not pushed to the back of the drum far enough before the door is closed it sets up the perfect conditions for seal to rip. If the clothing is hanging out just a small amount when the door is closed, it pinches the clothing between the seal and the inner door. When the drum goes into the spin mode, it will rip a chunk right out of the seal in the six o’clock position.
Unfortunately, this can happen after a new seal has been installed. I always warn my customers of this when I run into this type of repair.