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Refrigerator seal: replacement or repair

Term of some parts service does not always correspond to the term specified by

the manufacturer. Such parts, as the seal, often wear out. Its replacement requires

a lot of time and money, if you try to repair it yourself. In this article, we will describe

how you can replace the sealing rubber on the fridge.


Why do you need a sealing rubber on the fridge? The seal is a rubber which helps

tightly press the refrigerator door to refrigerating chamber so that cold air would not

come inside. If the air comes inside, the refrigerator starts working flat out. Seal

damage may be identified if you notice that ice usually accumulated on the back

wall of the fridge is generating inside the fridge and if refrigerator door can’t be closed

tightly. You may see the crack with a naked eye.


The old seal has worn out: what to do?


The gap in the fridge is determined using a sheet of paper. For this purpose, insert

it into the gap and try to move it. If the sheet moves freely, then the rubber needs

replacement; otherwise, everything works adequately.

In some cases, the refrigerator seal may be quickly restored single-handedly. Of

course, if the seal is torn or rotted, it is necessary to change it. If the sealing rubber

is slightly deformed, to restore it yourself, try applying the following method: heat

the deformation spot with the hair dryer, change its form with the help of your

fingers and press the door tightly, holding it in like this for some time. Such

manipulations help eliminate minor damages. If the deformation is a major one, put

the rubber in the hot water and then insert it back into place.

However, sometimes if the door is not closing tightly, you just need to adjust it. In

this case, there is no need to change anything, just adjust the door. If the door has

cracks, try to understand the reason for their appearance.


How to choose the replacement rubber seal


Rubber seal for the refrigerator comes in various types and may be fixed in different

ways. They may consist of one or two balloons. They may be installed into the

recess or attached to the surface using glue or self-tapping screws.

Pay attention to the part that is glued, it must fit tightly. Some refrigerator models

have special slots for the rubber. This simplifies the process greatly, as this way,

you will not have to glue it, just insert it into the slot. This way, it is also easier to


If you attach the rubber with self-tapping screws, the door and the rubber itself may

be damaged, or you can glue it, though it will be difficult to tear away later.

Therefore, it is best to choose a rubber that would suit your fridge model.


Refrigerator seal replacement


If the repair was unsuccessful, buy a new rubber seal for your fridge. The

replacement process may be carried out in several ways. Mostly, it depends on

how the seal was originally installed. Let’s consider several ways to replace the

rubber seal:


1. First remove the refrigerator door and place it on the surface. Cut the old seal in

places where it connects with the door, and tear it away. Cut the new rubber seal

so that it would not go beyond door edges. New seal may be attached with the

double-sided duct tape.

2. To remove old seal, take a spatula and remove the rubber seal from the slot by

carefully lifting it. Remove all of the old seal this way. New rubber seal is placed in

the slots using a screwdriver. For the seal to fit more reliably, glue it using


3. If the rubber seal was attached using foam sealant, use a chisel and a knife to

remove it. First, remove the refrigerator door and place it on the flat surface. Cut the

seal and tear it away. Carefully clean the door from the sealing foam. In order to

install the new rubber seal, make holes for self-tapping screw along the door

perimeter. Cut the rubber and attach it using self-tapping screws. Attach the seal

freely, with no tension. Put the door back into place and use the hinges to adjust it

so that the door would press tightly and evenly against the refrigerator.

As you may see, repairs or replacement of some elements may well save the

appliance. There is no need to immediately throw the fridge away, you may repair

just one part – and it will function as usual.

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