Changing the gasket on the fridge - that's how it works

Door seals on the refrigerator door may become defective over time. This makes the refrigerator less efficient and consumes more power. How to change a defective or worn seal, read in this post.

Reason for the seal change

What problems can no longer make door seals work, and how to test the tightness is described in this post.

Before you start to change the seal, make sure that your refrigerator is actually in the balance. Even a non-horizontal refrigerator can lead to leakage problems.

seal species

Refrigerators use two types of gaskets, namely plug-in gaskets and screw gaskets. Plug-in seals are simply plugged into an existing plug-in fold, screw seals are additionally screwed. The screws will be visible when you lift the seal.

Get replacement seal

If you want to replace the seal, you must first obtain a suitable replacement seal. In addition to the correct type of seal, the sealing profile is crucial. To get the right profile, it is best to press the narrow side of the gasket onto a stamp pad and then onto a sheet of paper.

So you can easily tell if a replacement gasket actually has the same gasket profile. For screw profiles you order the same always new screws with.

Especially with older refrigerators or vintage refrigerators, getting the right replacement gaskets can sometimes be very difficult.

Change gasket step by step

  • fridge
  • dish soap
  • possibly screwdriver
  • inkpad
  • paper

1. Remove old seal

For screw-type seals, lift the seal and remove all screws. Then you can simply lift out the seal. For plug-in profiles, you only need to pull out the seal at the corners and then take out the entire seal.

2. Measure and determine

The old seal is deformed, so you better measure the required length on the mounting grooves. Measure from the lower edge of a groove to the upper edge of the other groove for the correct length of a plug profile seal. For the screwed seal, measure from top edge to bottom edge of the mounting plate. The sealing profile can be imaged with the stamp pad on both as described above.

3. Install new seal

Carefully pull the seal through a cloth moistened with water and detergent. This makes them easier to install. Plug-in profile gaskets can simply be pushed in, screw-on gaskets can be fastened with the newly ordered screws.

Tips & Tricks

It can take up to two days after installation for a new gasket to work correctly and be air-tight.

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