Make sure your refrigerator seal is tight
If the seal on your refrigerator or freezer door isn't doing its job, your appliance could be leaking some of the cooled air it produces. But you don't need to buy a new refrigerator. To fix the problem, replace your leaky seal—also known as a gasket—with a new one. This will improve its efficiency and may extend its lifetime.
How it works:
Close the door on a dollar bill and then slowly pull it out. If there's no resistance, the seal is leaking cold air. You may also see discoloration or cracks in the seal.Where to find seals:
To purchase a new seal, contact the manufacturer of your appliance. You'll need the make and model to order the correct part. How to find the make and model:
Look in your owner's manual. You may also find this information printed on the inside edge of the refrigerator door, inside either compartment, or on the manufacturer's identification plate. Step by step:
Installing a new seal will take about 30 minutes.
- Unplug the refrigerator. Move food to a cool location since the door will be open.
- Soak new seal in warm water. Soaking for several minutes will make installation easier.
- Loosen the retainer screws. Fold back your old seal to reveal the screws holding it in place on the door. Loosen the screws until you can pull off the old seal, but do not remove the metal retainer.
- Fit seal to retainer. Starting from the top corner of the door, tuck the new gasket under the metal retainer and fit it into place. Work your way across the top and along the sides of the door, slightly tightening the screws as you go.
- Adjust the door. You may notice the refrigerator door twist a bit as you replace your seal, because the retainer screws that hold the gasket also hold the door together. If this happens, manually realign the door so it is true to the opposite edge of the refrigerator.
- Fully tighten screws. This should lock the door's shape and the seal into place.
- Plug refrigerator back in.