How to Repair Your Refrigerator’s Faulty Door Gasket at Home
Lots of refrigeration repairs need a refrigeration mechanic. Luckily, there are some common faults that can be repaired at home until you are able to call the professionals.
One of these easy repairs is the fridge’s door gasket. Doesn’t your door close all the way? It might be the gasket. A faulty gasket can lead to:
- The fridge not cooling things properly
- Condensation and frost build up due to warm air getting inside
- Wasted energy since the warm air will cause the fridge to work harder to keep cool
Avoid these issues by learning how to repair a faulty gasket.
Is the gasket the problem?
You can verify if your gasket is faulty by placing a piece of paper between it and the fridge’s door jamb. If the paper comes out easily when you try to pull it out, there’s an issue with the gasket.
You can determine the type of gasket you need by reading your owner’s manual and finding out the model of the refrigerator. If you can’t find out what model it is, contact the manufacturer directly.
You can purchase a new gasket at dedicated appliance stores. Ask the employees for help to choose the right one.
1. Prepare the gasket
You need to prepare the new gasket by making it be the correct temperature for it to be pliable enough for mounting. Most gaskets have instructions that come with them that detail the methods you can use for preparing them, but if there are none you have two options:
- Leave it in the same room as the fridge for 24 hours to allow the gasket to conform to the same humidity and temperature levels as the current on
- Soak it in warm water until it becomes pliable enough for the seal to work
2. Remove the old gasket
Removal methods may differ depending on the materials holding your gasket in place. It may have adhesive strips, screws, or clips that fasten it to the door panel.
- Adhesive strips—pry away the gasket with a putty knife, holding it between it and the door panel to get the gasket off.
- Screws—remove them with a screwdriver.
- Clips—open them manually.
Removal should be done one side at a time, to make sure that all the fastening components have been removed and to prevent leaving behind pieces of the gasket.
3. Clean the mounting area
Leftover residue from the old gasket may prevent the new one from attaching correctly. Use a sponge with liquid dishwasher soap and warm water to clean the mounting area. For stubborn patches use a steel wool scrubbing pad.
4. Attach the new gasket
Depending on the gasket manufacturer and your refrigerator, the tools needed to attach the gasket may vary. Refer to the gasket instructions to determine which supplies are needed.
Apply the gasket to the door panel one side at a time. Make sure that each side is straight and properly aligned, and smooth it out to ensure it lies flat against the panel, without any bumps or curling edges. Use the tools indicated by the gasket manual to secure it. If the gasket requires gasket cement or adhesive glue you will need to let it dry before you can begin using your fridge’s door.
Gasket replacement may solve your door issues in a pinch. If the problem still persists, call a refrigeration mechanic such as iKool Refrigeration Pty Ltd and let them have a look at it.