The gasket on a refrigerator door seals it.
The seal of a refrigerator should be changed when you notice that it is damaged, or that:
- The refrigerator makes frost
- The refrigerator is too cold
- The refrigerator smells bad
- Refrigerator door no longer closes properly
- The refrigerator is not cold
- Food is poorly stored
The seal frames the freezer door, on the interior side.
The door seal, also known as the door gasket, plays a crucial role in your refrigerator’s efficiency. It creates a seal between the cold interior of the fridge and the warmer external environment, preventing cold air from escaping. Over time, these seals can wear out or get damaged, leading to energy loss and a poorly functioning fridge. If you notice that your fridge isn’t as cold as it should be, or if you can see physical damage to the seal, it might be time for a replacement.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to replace a fridge door seal.
Tools You’ll Need:
- A new fridge door seal compatible with your fridge model
- Screwdriver or nut driver
- Mild soapy water
- Clean, dry cloth
Before starting, ensure that you have the correct door seal for your specific refrigerator model. This information can be found in your fridge’s manual or by contacting the manufacturer’s customer service.
Step 1: Unplug the Fridge
Always unplug your refrigerator from the power source before starting any repair work. This is an important safety measure when working with electrical appliances.
Step 2: Remove the Old Door Seal
Open your refrigerator door and locate the door seal. The seal is usually held in place by a retainer and screws. Use your screwdriver or nut driver to loosen the screws and carefully remove the old seal. Be careful not to bend or damage the retainer while doing this.
Step 3: Clean the Door Edge
Once you’ve removed the old seal, you’ll likely find some residue or debris in the area where the seal was. Using mild soapy water and a cloth, clean the edge of the door thoroughly, then dry it with a clean cloth. This ensures a good seal when you install the new gasket.
Step 4: Install the New Door Seal
Start at one corner of the door and press the new seal into place. Work your way around the entire door, ensuring that the seal fits snugly into the retainer. Once you’ve fitted the entire seal, secure it with the screws you removed earlier.
Step 5: Check the Seal
Close the door and check to make sure the seal is working properly. There should be no gaps or loose areas. If you notice any issues, you may need to adjust the seal or the door alignment.
Step 6: Restore Power
Once you’ve replaced the seal and checked its fit, you can plug your fridge back in. Monitor the temperature inside the fridge for the next few hours to make sure it’s cooling properly.
Replacing a fridge door seal is a relatively simple task that can greatly improve your refrigerator’s efficiency. It’s important to make sure the replacement seal is the correct one for your fridge model, and to ensure it is properly installed with no gaps or looseness. As with any appliance repair, if you feel unsure about any step in the process, it’s best to consult a professional.