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Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 9:28am
Subject: Gasket life expectancy?
 

How long will the gasket that holds the shower screen in place last? My machine is about a year and a half old and I'm thinking it probably should be replaced. Just this morning I noticed a bit of water leaking down the side of my pf that I think may indicate gasket problems.
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Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 9:29am
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I change mine every 6 months.

 
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Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 10:58am
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If you remove your shower screen every few days to clean it well with detergent and scrub behind it, you'll be able to keep an eye on your gasket, and it only takes about 5 seconds to pry the screen and gasket assembly off an E61 group using a key chain bottle opener.  As long as it's pliable it should be fine, but once you feel it a bit hardened then it's time to get rid of it.  Given you likely haven't done this, I would suggest getting a new one and then start this routine.  Heck, a new one is what...$9?...like Coffeenoobie, many people follow routine schedules for replacing their gasket and there's nothing wrong with that.  I typically go a year.  When you order one, order two so you not only have a second one just in case, but you will have a reference for pliability down the road. In fact, while your at it, get yourself a replacement screen just in case.  What you really don't want is to have the gasket harden in place on your group.  It's a real b!/@h to remove once that happens, and you'll be cursing yourself the entire 2 hours it'll take you to get all the gunk out...trust me, been there done that!

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Posted Fri Jun 14, 2013, 1:25pm
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scanfield Said:

How long will the gasket that holds the shower screen in place last? My machine is about a year and a half old and I'm thinking it probably should be replaced. Just this morning I noticed a bit of water leaking down the side of my pf that I think may indicate gasket problems.

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Depending upon the machine, its use, and how long you keep it powered on every day, the pf gasket should be replaced every 6-12 months.

 
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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 11:09am
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Thanks Jim for your answer.

 
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