Washing Machine Door Seal Gaskets
Most people would think that a door seal, bellows or gasket for a washing machine or washer dryer is a simple thing, there's little or no difference between them from one make to another but there is.
I don't mean from one brand of washing machine to another but more from one seal manufacturer to another.
The humble (or not so humble) washing machine door seal, this one from a Bosch washing machine
Cheaper Washing Machine Door Seal Gasket
People generally don't realise or think that many brands, even the largest in the world like Whirlpool or Electrolux don't actually make a lot of the components that go into their machines. An awful lot of it is outsourced to other manufacturers that specialise in the production of specific components such as Plaset for pumps, Invensys for electronic control boards or Irca for elements. The same applies to door seals, most appliance manufacturers don't actually make these themselves.
What does this mean and why should you care and what has it to do with the price?
In most cases this process means that the washing machine maker sends over the specification of the door seal that they require to a factory and that specialist producer will make a mould to produce the seals for the washing machines. They invest quite heavily in these moulds and seek the best return on that investment that they can. This means that the original producer of the door seal will often sell them to a third party, so long as you are prepared to buy enough of them, at a relatively low price as you cut out the middle man, the brand owner.
This means that, in a lot of cases, we can supply a washing machine or washer dryer door seal cheaper than the manufacturer's price but of the same original high quality. We sell a lot of these sorts of seals to save you money but without us having to compromise on the quality of the part we supply.
An Even Cheaper Washing Machine Door Seal Gasket
Of course you can also, especially when it is a very common door seal, get them made elsewhere for even less. These are known in the trade as "patten", "pattern" or "bojack" spare parts. Essentially it means a compatible spare part and not a genuine one in the brand owner's packaging, even though it will often be an identical part.
What happens is this, a spares distributor sees that he's selling bucket loads of a certain part (in this case washing machine door seals) and decides to see how cheap he can get it to beat all his competitors on price. So, in order to get the price down they start to cut corners as they don't care about the brand, nor do they care about the quality particularly, this is purely an exercise in getting the lowest possible price and the highest possible profit.
So we end up with ludicrously cheap seals that are thin, hard to fit and made from an inferior compound.
These sorts of spare parts are often woefully bad. They tear, disintegrate when heat is applied, often becoming sticky and are just generally bad news. We don't sell these sorts of spares, we never have and never will unless there is absolutely no other alternative and, even then, we'd warn people. To be frank, it's just not worth it as they're usually rubbish.
But with the onset of the internet and folk on Ebay selling spares purely on the strength that they are the cheapest these sort of parts can easily be found sadly and most sellers won't tell you. I'm sure, after reading the above that won't exactly come as a surprise. Also bear in mind that, on Ebay, you have 45 days to complain or get a refund, after that you may well be completely unable to do so.
But, if you want the cheapest possible price, these are the risks you run.
The Washing Machine Door Seals We Supply
We supply quality door seals at the best price we can. We will not compromise on the quality of the parts we sell so, we don't do the cheap rubbish ones, we'd rather lose the sale in all honesty than sell garbage to people. It is after all our reputation and we're rather proud of it.
Where there is no reasonable low cost quality alternative we will supply the original part only to provide you with the same as original quality.
We have to guarantee the spares we sell and we can't run away like many internet sellers, or simply refuse to replace a faulty part without good justification and so we supply quality parts.
With door seals, as we were all field engineers, we know that the cheapo ones are rubbish and we know that they fail sooner as well as being a lot harder to fit which, for a novice, isn't exactly what you want. What most people want s the least hassle possible and the easiest replacement possible which is why we take this view.
Washing Machine Model Number Required
For a lot of washing machine and washer dryer door seals you do need the model number to make sure you get the correct part.
For most you will find the model number printed on the control panel of the machine, as Zanussi, Beko and others do or, more often, on the rating plate that you will normally find inside the door, on the filter flap or on the back.
Without the model number and, sometimes even the serial number or PNC, it may not be possible to identify the correct door seal that you need.
Finding The Door Seal You Need
Finding a door seal in our online shop is dead easy, simply go to the shop using this link that will open a new window or tab (or the ones below) then type in the model number of your washing machine or washer dryer into the "Search" box. Press search and it will bring up all the parts we've used on that particular model.
You can of course narrow the returns by adding "seal" to the search, just as you would in the likes of Google, to look for a specific spare part.
Washing Machine Door Seal Delivery Times
Many, many door seals that are in the online store we physically hold in stock and are often shipped the same day that we receive your order. Even if it is a door seal that isn't so common we would usually have most within a day or two and it would ship the same day it was received.