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How to Fix the Rubber Seal on a Front-Load Dryer

Nathan McGinty

If your dryer seems to be taking longer to dry clothes, it could be because you've got a leak with the rubber seal on your front-load dryer. The seal keeps heat inside the dryer. When torn or broken, the heat inside escapes, making the dryer work harder. Fix a broken rubber seal on your front-load dryer by simply replacing the whole thing. It isn't expensive, and replacing the seal is much more efficient than trying to repair a broken one.

Fix the seal on your clothes dryer to keep it operating efficiently.

Step 1

Unplug the dryer from the electrical outlet.

Step 2

Open the loading door of the dryer.

Step 3

Pull off the seal from around the edge of the dryer door. If the seal doesn't come up in your hands, use a pair of pliers or needle-nose pliers to remove the seal.

Step 4

Apply rubbing alcohol to a rag. Wipe this around the door to remove any stuck-on adhesive. You can also use a plastic putty knife to remove any stubborn glue.

Step 5

Apply high heat glue around the door opening.

Step 6

Press the new door seal into position.

Step 7

Allow the seal time to dry according to the glue manufacturer's instructions before using the dryer.