In order for your fridge to keep your food, the seal around your fridge needs to be undamaged. If the seal around your fridge has become cracked or damaged in any way, you need to fix it. Follow the steps below to easily fix the door seal on your fridge.
Deformed Door Seal
If your door seal is just deformed, you may be able to fix it instead of replacing it. A deformed door seal is one whose shape has become altered in some way, but is not cracked or broken.
The first thing you are going to need to do is take a wet cloth and wipe away any dirt or mold that has grown on the surface of the door seal. Make sure that you clean between the folds on the door seal as well.
Next, take a hair dryer and apply it to the area of the seal that has become deformed. Hold it a couple of inches away from the seal. Once the area has become hot to the touch, pull on the seal and try to get it back into its original shape.
Once you have attempted to reshape it, let your door seal cool off. If the seal is back to it's original shape, you don't have to do anything else. If this trick didn't work, you are going to need to replace the door seal.
Damaged Door Seal
If your door seals has cracks or rips in it, you will need to replace it. If it is deformed and the above trick did not work, you will also need to replace it.
The first thing you are going to need to do is remove the old seal. The seal should be held in place by a retainer. There should be screws holding the retaining in place. Use a screwdriver to loosen the screws in the retainer; this will loosen the seal. You don't need to remove the screws, just loosen them. Once the screws are loose, start at one side and gentle pull the seal off your refrigerator door, working around the entire door.
Use a clean cloth to wipe down the area where the seal was located. Make sure it is clean and dry before proceeding to the next step.
Take the new seal you purchased and soak it in some warm water for a couple of minutes before you install it. This will make the seal more pliable and easy to install. Be sure to wipe away the water though before installing the gasket.
Start at the top corner of your refrigerator and push the gasket into place, working around your fridge door. Once you have pushed it into place, go back and tighten the screws around the retainer that the seal is attached to.
Check and make sure that the new seal fits properly by closing your refrigerator door and making sure there are no gaps between your fridge and the door. If there are any gaps, try to adjust the seal until it fits properly.
Once the seal is properly in place, clean up your work area and enjoy your new refrigerator door seal! For more information, contact companies like Lewis Appliance Service LLC.