Seal the refrigerator - when is this necessary?

Refrigerators are very well insulated to consume as little power as possible for cooling. A weak point is always the fridge door. Defective or no longer functioning door seals increase the power consumption and may cause noises. What you can do then, read here.

Problems with insufficient sealing

The only thing that can cause leakage problems is the door of the refrigerator. An insufficient seal can cause the following problems:

  • very high power consumption
  • Under certain circumstances, overload of the refrigerator with subsequent damage
  • increased ice formation in the interior (due to high amounts of condensed water)
  • Moisture of food, moisture in the refrigerator
  • constant humming noises
  • possibly also slightly whistling noises

Testing the tightness

To check the tightness of the door seal, you can easily proceed. It's best to test in the evening when it's dark. Just follow this guide.

Check tightness - instructions

  • fridge
  • flashlight

1. Insert flashlight

Open the refrigerator and place the flashlight on in the middle compartment with the luminous side facing the door.

2. Check tightness

Close the refrigerator door and extinguish the light in the room. If a light is visible from the fridge, the door seal is defective in any case.

3. Check sealing condition

Even if there is no real leak, a seal may already be damaged. An exchange makes sense then. Therefore, carefully check the entire length of the gasket for any porous areas, indurations, or visible damage.

Replace seal

There are different types of seals. How to replace a seal is explained in this article.

Tips & Tricks

Just as regular cleaning of the refrigerator is important, careful care of the seal is crucial. Always clean it thoroughly, preferably with vinegar water. Occasionally rub glycerine on it to prevent the seal from becoming brittle.

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