How to Replace a GE Dishwasher Seal


Replacing a GE dishwasher seal is a 20-minute project and will eliminate the leaking water around your dishwasher door. You will need the model number of your dishwasher when ordering and purchasing the seal. GE seals are cut to size, eliminating the need to cut the seal to fit your dishwasher. The seal does not use fasteners because it sits firmly into a groove track on the perimeter of the door opening. The dishwasher seal only has three sides, which helps identify the left from the right on seals that have protrusions on one side.

Things You'll Need

  • New GE dishwasher seal
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Duct tape
  • Soft cloth
  • Towel
  • Pliers with plastic or rubber handles
  • Place the new GE dishwasher seal in a sink full of warm water. The warm water will make the new seal more flexible and less difficult to install in the dishwasher.

  • Open the dishwasher door, and remove the bottom dish rack. Tape the end of a flathead screwdriver with a piece of duct tape to protect the dishwasher finish and tub as you remove the old seal.

  • Locate the door seal on the front of the dishwasher. The seal sits in a channel around the dishwasher opening perimeter. Place your screwdriver under the bottom left hand end of the door seal.

  • Push the end of the door seal up with the screwdriver, and pull out the end of the seal. Grab the end with your hands and slowly pull out the entire seal from the dishwasher.

  • Clean the seal channel on the dishwasher with a clean cloth to remove any dirt and leftover seal residue. Pull the new seal out of the water, and dry the seal with a towel.

  • Depending on your model of GE dishwasher, your seal may or may not have a protruding groove on one side. If you have a protruding groove, point the protrusion toward the dishwasher when installing.

  • Place the left end of the door seal into the left bottom channel of the dishwasher opening. The seal will only fit one way into the dishwasher. If yours has the protruding groove, insert the protruding groove into the dishwasher channel.

  • Push the end of the seal into the channel with your thumbs. Gradually move up the left side and continue pushing the seal into the channel. When you come to the upper left corner, you can probably only push the seal into the channel halfway.

  • Continue around the perimeter of the dishwasher opening, pushing the seal into the channel as far as you can until you reach the end of the seal on the lower right side of the dishwasher. Grab a pair of pliers with plastic handles, and push the seal all the way into the channel using the plastic handle of the pliers.

  • Place the bottom dish rack back into the dishwasher, and close the dishwasher door.

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