How to Replace the Gasket on an Amana Refrigerator

A worn refrigerator door gasket will decrease your refrigerator's efficiency by allowing cold air to escape while letting warm air in. This will cause the refrigerator to cycle on for long periods and also drive up your electricity bills. Consequently, regular inspection and periodic gasket replacement is an essential part of your appliance maintenance schedule. New gaskets are inexpensive, and by following a few simple steps, replacing an Amana refrigerator gasket is a straightforward half-hour chore.

Things You'll Need

  • Builder's spirit level
  • Nut driver or screwdriver
  • Replacement refrigerator door gasket
  • Petroleum jelly
  • 2 flashlights

Instructions

    • 1

      Locate the model number of your Amana refrigerator; the details can be found either in the appliance instruction manual or on the identification plate near the refrigerator door. Go online to amanapartsonline.com and order a replacement gasket.

    • 2

      Remove the wrinkles in the new gasket by soaking it in a tub of warm water for about half an hour.

    • 3

      Place a builder's spirit level on top of the refrigerator while the gasket is soaking. Level the unit by twisting the threaded leveling pads located on each bottom corner of the refrigerator, clockwise or counter-clockwise as necessary. Check that the spirit level bubble is centered in both directions across the top of the refrigerator.

    • 4

      Fold the worn gasket away from the door at the top outside corner. Loosen the screws holding the gasket cover strip to the door with a nut driver or a screwdriver. Do not undo the screws completely. Work your way clockwise around the door until you have loosened all the screws.

    • 5

      Pull the slotted gasket carefully from between the cover strip and the door without dislodging the screws. Start at the top outside corner and remove the gasket in a clockwise direction.

    • 6

      Slide the top outside corner of the replacement gasket between the cover strip and the door. Make sure that the slotted cutouts in the gasket fit around the screws easily. Press the gasket inward and snug each screw down without tightening as you work your way clockwise around the door.

    • 7

      Lubricate the hinge side of the gasket with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. Close the refrigerator door. Check to see whether the door is warped, then check the gasket mating surface for gaps. If the door is warped, grasp the top and bottom corners and twist the door either way to flex it back until it hangs true without any gaps between the gasket and the door.

    • 8

      Tighten the gasket retaining screws. Do not over-tighten as this may deform the gasket and damage the gasket retaining strip. Start at the top outside corner and work your way clockwise around the door until all the screws are tightened evenly.

    • 9

      Place two powerful flashlights in the refrigerator facing the door and turn them on; one in the freezer compartment and one lower down in the refrigerator. Turn off the kitchen lights and close the window drapes or shutters. Shut the refrigerator door and check the seal by looking for light shining through between the gasket and the door. Adjust if necessary by loosening the gasket retaining screws slightly and flexing the door in the correct direction. Re-tighten the screws and carry out the light test again.

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