Kenmore Coldspot refrigerator gasket issue


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Old 02-26-18, 03:02 PM
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Kenmore Coldspot refrigerator gasket issue

I have Kenmore Coldspot refrigerator about 6 years old. It is type 21TFA. I think paid about $700 or maybe less. It is black in color. Its door (not the top freezer door, but the bottom main refrigerator door) is not closing well. I can open it with the tip of my pinkie finger. Checking on searsdirect, I see the price about $95 + tax +possible shipping charge which seem high, and what if replacing the gasket doesn't solve the problem? Anyone know if there's any workaround to increase the magnetic strength of the existing gasket or anything else I can try w/o replacing the gasket?
 
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Old 02-26-18, 04:38 PM
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Post model # . we need that before we can help. don't forget the 3 numbers before it. Will look like this
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Old 02-26-18, 07:17 PM
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model # 106.60239903
mfg date 08 - 10 (not sure if this means August 2010 or October 2008).

Another question is how do I tell how many cubic feet this refrigerator is?

According to Searsdirect (https://www.searspartsdirect.com/par...ndName=KENMORE), the substitution part # is 2159061.

It looks like I can get 2159061 from Amazon Warehouse Deals for $54.16+tax. Will the gasket shown at this link work --> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LQDIBDS...7&sr=8-1-fkmr0
 
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Old 02-26-18, 07:40 PM
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A 106. appliance is a Whirlpool built appliance. You made reference to 21TFA.
That is a Whirlpool product code and means 21 cubic feet.

According to the serial number this product was manufactured
in Monterrey, Mexico, August of 2010.

I'll check into the fridge gasket.

One way of checking is the dollar bill method. Close the door on a dollar bill and see if you can remove it easily or does it have a lot of drag. Check all around the door. Usually what happens is that the door is out of alignment and is not closing square.

 
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Old 02-28-18, 06:22 PM
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The door seems to be square. I found that bottom of the door will stay slightly ajar like shown in the picture. The gasket in the bottom is a bit more pushed in than the rest of the area for some reason. I think that is why it's so easy to open the door and not necessarily due to the gasket's ability to stick.

Dollar bill test seem to be have about the same amount of drag all around and on the top freezer door. I tried sticking a magnet on the gasket all around, and they seem to hold about the same. My concern with replacing the gasket is, in case it doesn't work, I could end up with a refrigerator with a door that has no way to close which could put me in a dire situation. How likely is replacing the gasket will fix a door staying ajar in one area?

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Old 02-28-18, 09:18 PM
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Door gaskets can be a real pain to get correct. In that picture... it looks like the door is racked.... not closing evenly. I've had to actually hold the door and bend a corner in.
 
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If your door is twisted a new seal likely will not help much if any. In your picture it appears that the door is twisted with a larger gap at the bottom. You also say that the bottom stays "slightly ajar", a good indication that the door is twisted. I have seen this happen when someone slams or forcibly closes the door with something blocking it's path or if children hang on the door.

Try putting you foot at the bottom of the door and pulling back on the top of the door you can pull it back into position. Start gentle and test close the door to see if it has an even gap from top to bottom. Don't look at the seal but look or measure from the metal of the door to the metal face of the fridge body. Keep repeating each time pulling a little harder until you get the gap to be the same all the way around.
 
 

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