How to Replace a Refrigerator Door Seal and Inner Door Liner

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How to Replace a Refrigerator Door Seal and Inner Door Liner
Repair the inside of the fridge to improve the seal and save energy. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Your refrigerator door has a liner and a door seal, sometimes called a gasket, which is a rubber and plastic skirt attached to the solid metal doorframe. The seal keeps moisture out and cold air in. If you need a replacement, you can find a new liner and seal at refrigerator repair shops, appliance parts stores or sometimes a hardware store. If you have the basic skills required to fix a picture frame or repair a tail light, this is a project you will master. It might save you from buying a new refrigerator.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hex head wrench

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  1. 1

    Unplug the appliance or shut the breakers to the refrigerator.

  2. 2

    Open the door and lift up the door seal with your hands. Look for retaining nuts under the seal at intervals of about 6 inches. Loosen them with a hex head wrench and then remove the seal.

  3. 3

    Pull the liner and seal off the refrigerator. The liner and seal are attached, so they both come off together.

  4. 4

    Fit the new liner and seal around the rim of the door just as the old one was previously installed. Line up the holes in the liner portion with the mount holes on the door, insert the mounting hardware and tighten it with the wrench. Tighten each screw in the proper hole.

  5. 5

    Close the door to test the seal. If you have missed any holes or misaligned the liner, repeat the steps to correct the problem.

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