Repairing a Refrigerator Door Gasket
If you find yourself with a refrigerator door gasket that is wrinkled or sticking it can be repaired as long as it is not torn or folded. Just follow the tips below and you can repair the gasket instead of having it replaced.
If your gasket is sticking it can cause the door to not close properly. Usually it will stick on the hinge side of the door. To fix it, get some Vaseline and lightly apply some to the gasket on the side that is sticking. Work the door by opening and closing it several times. Then reapply another light coat to the gasket. Again I say light coat, you don’t need to see gobs of it for it to work. Most of the time you will find that the Vaseline will lubricate the gasket enough to help stop it from sticking, allowing the door to close all the way.
If the gasket is wrinkled and doesn't seal properly, moisture will build up in the refrigerator. If that happens on the fresh food side, you may find water condensates on the wall of the refrigerator right where the gap is. If it's on the freezer side the moisture will actually frost up where the gap is. To repair that, use a hair dryer to soften the gasket and try to reform it. I usually will pull on the area of the gasket that has the problem while applying heat to it. Then I close the door and apply pressure by pushing on the door while heating it. Be careful though not to burn the gasket. I use a hair dryer and not a heat gun, because a heat gun can quickly melt the gasket.
One other problem I find with refrigerator doors not sealing is when the door is tweaked. If the gasket seems flat but the door doesn't seal at a particular corner, that can easily be repaired. Just brace the door with your leg at the bottom and tweak the door at the top in the opposite direction of the gap. This is a very easy refrigerator repair and can be done in seconds.
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