My Refrigerator Won't Close

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For a refrigerator to function properly and keep food cold, it needs to be closed firmly with a tight seal around the door frame. If your refrigerator door does not close properly you risk damaging the motor and spoiling your food. There are several common reasons why a refrigerator does not close.

  • Make sure nothing is sticking out from the shelves preventing the door from closing. Sometimes, if your refrigerator is very full, jars, bottles or vegetables can prevent the door from closing fully. Make sure the crisper draws are fully closed and items placed on the door are not hitting items on the shelves.

  • Check the plastic seal surrounding the rim of the door. Make sure it has not worked loose and become kinked. The seal must lie flat against the door to create a tight seal when the door is closed. Push the seal flat against the door and close the fridge.

  • Check the hinges. If the door has lifted off its hinges it may not stay closed. Check your refrigerator instruction manual for instructions on how to loosen and reset the hinges. Properly aligned hinges allow the refrigerator door to gently close if left open.

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