How to Fix a Fridge Door Gasket So That it Seals the Fridge Completely

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Refrigerator seals wear out over time.
Refrigerator seals wear out over time. (Image: réfrigérateur image by dead_account from Fotolia.com)

Refrigerator door gaskets are white, flexible, rubber tubing that surrounds the entire perimeter of the interior edge of the refrigerator door. This gasket creates an air tight seal when the refrigerator door is closed, which prevents the escape of cold air. Faulty refrigerator gaskets are evidenced by a door that will not stay shut, a refrigerator that runs too frequently, or visible gaps in the gasket itself. When the gasket fails, most professionals advise that it be replaced since the gasket is inexpensive and easy to install.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Hex wrench
  • Refrigerator gasket
  • Sink
  • Warm water
  • Cloth
  • Petroleum jelly

Open the door of the refrigerator and lift up on the top edge of the white refrigerator gasket to reveal the screws.

Remove each of the screws using a screwdriver. Work your way along the entire perimeter of the door until all of the gasket screws are removed. Some refrigerators use square headed hex screws rather than traditional screws; to remove these you will need a hex wrench.

Grasp the rubber gasket and pull outward firmly to detach it from the refrigerator.

Place the new refrigerator gasket in a sink filled with warm water. Allow it to sit for five to ten minutes to soften up. This makes the rubber gasket easier to manipulate during installation.

Remove the new gasket from the sink and dry it off thoroughly using a cloth.

Attach the new gasket to the refrigerator door by pressing the lips on the back of the gasket into the metal retainer on the door. The lips are located at the top and bottom of the gasket and are simply folded edges of plastic that are approximately 1 to 2 cm. long. Work your way along the entire perimeter of the door until the gasket is fully attached.

Lift up on the top of the gasket to reveal the screw holes and reinsert the screws or hex nuts in the door.

Close the refrigerator door to check that it stays shut. Look closely at the edge of the door to see if there are any visible gaps.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rub a thin layer of petroleum jelly along the inside of the gasket where the door hinge is located. This prevents excessive wear that occurs from opening and closing the door.

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