How to Replace a Refrigerator Door Seal
If you think the inside temperature of your refrigerator is not as low as it should be, the reason could be a poor door insulation that allows the room air to get inside the refrigerator. The door seal could be damaged or torn so it can’t manage to close the door perfectly tight so that no air could temper with the temperature inside the fridge or freezer. If this has happened to your refrigerator, you should replace the door seal and we will teach you how to do it.
- The door seal is usually a rubber gasket designed to ensure a perfect insulation that maintains the proper freezing conditions inside the refrigerator. When you wish to replace the gasket, you will have to determine which type of gasket you need. You can find this out from the owner’s manual or you can search it online. It’s very important to tell the personnel at the hardware store what type of gasket you need.
- Once you have the gasket, put it in warm water for a few minutes to make it easier to maneuver. To remove the old gasket, you will need a hex head screwdriver that will fit the screws on the refrigerator door. Although some people remove the refrigerator door when trying to replace the door seal, this is not mandatory. You will not have to completely take out the screws that hold the old gasket, but only to loosen them so that the gasket will easily come out. When the screws are loosened, gently remove the old gasket.
- Start applying the new door seal by placing it on the door starting at the corners. Push the lip of the new seal over the metal retainer on the refrigerator’s door and slide it behind the metal part along the entire door. Once the new door seal is in place, you can screw the metal retainer in using the hex head screwdriver, leaving the screws a little loosened.
- To make sure the new door seal will not twist when it meets the metal on the refrigerator, apply some baby powder in the corners. Leave the refrigerator door closed for one hour before testing the gasket to see if it’s perfectly sealed. Open and close the door several times to see if the new gasket gets wrapped in any area. If the seal is perfectly placed along the edge of the door, it should be ready to use.