Your refrigerator is one of the few appliances that you use on a daily (if not hourly) basis. On average, a refrigerator door opens and closes twenty-five times a day and after awhile, this can take a toll on the gasket. And if the damage is significant, you’re going to lose a lot of valuable cold air and shorten the lifespan of your unit. If this concerns you, check out these tips for how to check and repair a refrigerator gasket»
- Run your hand around the perimeter of the refrigerator door and feel for air. You should be feeling a cool sensation, but if there is any force behind the air coming out, you might have an issue.
- Close the refrigerator door and open up your ears. If it sounds and feels like the door is almost ‘banging’ off the frame, the seal is likely too weak. You SHOULD feel like the door is cushioned.
- The first thing you can try is a simple cleaning. Sometimes the seal will gather mold, dirt or food debris and the grooves will not accept the door the same way they used to. The key to cleaning the gasket is to be gentle and use warm, soapy water.
- If your gasket is simply worn out, replacing it should not be very difficult. You’ll need to remove the old gasket by lifting the inside flange of the gasket to reveal the metal retainer. You’ll see that the retainer is held in by screws that you’ll need to remove with a Phillips head screwdriver.
- Now you’re ready to replace the old gasket with the new one. Start by laying the new gasket in warm water for five minutes to make it more pliable. Start at the top corner on the hinge side and lay the gasket around the frame gently. Fit it behind the retainer and screw it down once you have tested the fit.
Here at Speedy Refrigerator Service, we have been diagnosing and repairing refrigerator problems for over 75 years. Our Warehouse on Wheels allows us to complete the job in ONE hour or less and our customers love this luxury. If you live in Queens, NYC or Nassau County, you can trust Speedy with your appliance repairs.
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