How to Replace Refrigerator Door Seal

All refrigerators and freezers require a tight, snug seal or gasket on their doors to work well. Refrigerator door seals are needed to keep the cool air inside the cooling appliance and the warm air on the outside.

Door gaskets or seals - for most models and brands of freezers and refrigerators

Door gaskets or seals – for most models and brands of freezers and refrigerators

Door seals on certain refrigerators are flanked with magnetic lining that extends the length and width of the seal. This door seal magnet creates a tight bind and helps hold the refrigerator door firmly closed.

Refrigerators in many US households can use up to ten percent of the monthly electricity bill. To save energy, make sure that your refrigerator is working properly. Inspect the door seal regularly to certify that it’s in good shape and saving your household optimal amounts of energy.

If the refrigerator door seal looses elasticity or becomes worn, frayed or torn in any way, it is time to replace it with a new seal or gasket part.

Here is how:

Step-by-step instructions on how to replace door gasket or seal on most refrigerator brands

Step-by-step instructions on how to replace door gasket or seal on most refrigerator brands

  • Buy a new refrigerator seal or gasket at this excellent appliance resource.
  • Inspect the new seal to make sure it does not have any cuts, folds or kinks in it, and if there are any lines, make sure to smooth them out before installing the seal.
  • Remove the old refrigerator door seal by taking off the inner door panel, held in place by a number of screws.
  • Install the new door seal by loosely fitting it around the perimeter of the appliance opening, top to bottom. Go around the perimeter the second time, making sure to tighten the seal evenly, but be careful not to tighten too severely or the plastic might crack.
  • Inspect the new door seal to ensure the perfect, snug fit. In certain cases, if the seal stays too lose, it might be necessary to use glue for the perfect fit.

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