If you have noticed cold air around the outside of your refrigerator, or if your food doesn't stay as cold as it should, you may need to replace the door seals. Both your refrigerator and freezer have gaskets on the inside of the doors that keep cold air in and warm air out. Over time, these seals become brittle and pull away from the door. Replacing a seal is a fairly simple process, and it can save you hundreds of dollars each year on your utility bills.
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Things you need
- Replacement refrigerator and freezer door seals
- Phillips screwdriver
- Shallow pan
- Warm water
Unplug the refrigerator and freezer unit. Lay the replacement seals in a pan of warm water while you remove the old seals. This will make them more pliable and allow you to install them more easily.
Lift up the inner edge of the seal lining the top of the refrigerator door. Loosen the screws holding the metal retainer bar in place. Lift the top of the seal off of the retainer bar.
Continue loosening the screws holding the retainer bars along the rest of the door. Pull the old seal off.
Fit the new seal on the retainer bars. Tighten the screws to secure the seal in place. Repeat this process to repair the seal on the freezer door.
Tips and warnings
- After you have replaced a seal, close a piece of paper in the door. Try to pull the paper out. If there is resistance, the new seal is tight.
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