If the door of your top load washing machine has worn out, do not worry you can replace them at home.
Trust me you may find this task easier than sorting your laundry loads.
All you need to have is a replacement door and a screwdriver.
In this article, you will learn how to replace the door of your top load washer along with a few caring tips.
Let us dive right into the topic.
How does the door in Top Loader gets damaged?
There are many reasons why the door on a Top Loader could become damaged.
Here are some common factors that are most likely to cause damage.
On average, the washing machine’s door is opened & closed at least five times or more depending on the load.
To load and unload your garments, adding a missing load or a solution in the mid-cycle is common practice with top loaders.
Over time there is always a possibility of the door wearing out for some or the other reason.
Handling the door is another factor that is often ignored.
The way you open and close the washer’s door each time you use your washer does have an impact.
Placing heavy objects over the machine is a common practice that is followed in almost all households these days.
The door of the top load washers is usually made using plastic, metal, and glass. They are not designed as a table to handle the load from above.
Storing OR keeping excess load over the top load washers door can cause cracks and lead to break down.
Other factors include accidental damage, caused by something hitting the door OR if the washing machine is overloaded and the door is forced open.
What happens if the top load washer’s door gets damaged?
If the door of your top loader gets damaged due to any reason then it may impact the performance of your washer.
Below are a few major impacts that you may face in such a situation.
- The washer may not run assuming the door isn’t closed.
- You will notice a bunch of errors displayed on the panel of your washing machine.
- Water may start to leak off the door during wash cycles.
How to replace the door of your top load washer?
The door in a top load washer is located on the top panel.
To detach the door you will have to locate the hinges below the door lid on its frame.
Let us start with the step-by-step instructions to detach and replace the door of your top load washer.
Step 1: Unplug your top load washer from the power supply and turn off the water supply knobs.
Step 2: You may slightly move your washer off its place for better access. Make sure you have disconnected the drain hoses too.
Note – To replace the door you may not need to move the washer from its place in most cases. The detachable components are usually available around the door frame on the inside of the lid.
Step 3: Depending on your washer model locate the hinges that secure the door. Typically there may be two on the side. The hinges are secured with 2 or 4 screws and are covered with a flap under the door. Simply refer to the user manual of your washer if you have any confusion.
Step 4: First, open the washer’s door and the flaps that cover the hinges on both sides. Unscrew to remove them.
Step 5: Now you should be able to gently pull the door off of the washing machine.
Note – You may notice the accumulation of dirt around the door frame and this is the right time to get that area cleaned.
Step 6: Now, it is time to place the replacement door in its position. You should begin by lining up the new door with the opening on the washing machine.
(Note – Most replacement doors come with straightforward instructions. Simply, follow the instructions that came with the door, which will vary depending on the model.)
Step 7: Once the door is in place and aligned to the hinges fixture, screw the hinges into place to secure the door. This will secure the door to the washing machine.
Now, Repeat the same steps at the other end.
Step 8: Place the flaps that cover the hinges on both ends. Simply align them over the hinges bracket and push them gently to fix.
Voila! The door of your top load washer has been replaced successfully.
Now, simply run a test cycle to check if there isn’t any error during the function.
What if the new door does not fit?
The very first error that we do is by ordering components marketed as universal solutions.
It’s important to make sure that you always buy one that is suitable for your washer model.
If you have ordered a door that does not fit your washer’s frame then do not force to fix it.
Also, do not try to modify any brackets or hinges on the door frame to fix the replacement door as you may end up with permanent damage.
Simply, return the unsuitable door and reorder a suitable door for your washer’s model type.
If the door that you ordered is compatible with your washer, It’s likely that you are not following the instructions properly.
Carefully take a look at the instructions that came with the new door.
These instructions will tell you how to install the door properly.
Check if are setting the door correctly towards the hinges bracket. If the new door is suitable but does not fit, then you may need to adjust the hinges.
This can be done by loosening or tightening the screws on the hinges.
You may also need to adjust the strike plate and which is located on the side of the door.
If you are still unable to fix the new door, then you may need to call a professional. They will be able to install the door correctly.
Replacing the door of a top-loading washing machine is not difficult and with a little patience and care, you can easily replace the door on your own.
Always make sure to buy a component that suits your washer model type.
If you have received a faulty replacement part then you should immediately notify the dealer and do not attempt to try to fix it in your washer.
Always refer to the user manuals in the replacement process of your washer’s components.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the basics to replace the door?
There are a few things you will need to do to replace the door of your top load washing machine. Start by unplugging your washer before you remove the old door. Remove the screws responsible to hold the door in place. Next, Remove the old door and install the new one by following the instructions that came with it.
How can I be sure if the door was replaced correctly?
If the door was ordered using the model number of your washer type then it will definitely fit the machine. After a successful replacement, you can inspect the door by gently lifting it to open and then closing it. Run a test cycle to check if the washer runs without any error.
How often should I replace my washing machine door?
You may consider replacing the door when they wear out or if they interfere with the washer’s function. The hinges are prone to wear out quite often, therefore make sure to inspect them before you replace the entire door.
Where can I buy a replacement door for my top loader?
The replacement door can be easily bought using online platforms, contacting the manufacturers, or through the local dealers. You need to ensure that you order the right one and this can be done by using the model number of your washer type.
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