How to Repair a Refrigerator Door Gasket

What You'll Need
New Refrigerator Door Gasket
Warm Water

The refrigerator door gasket is the rubber seal used around the door to lock the temperature inside the machine. When this seal cracks or becomes damaged, the efficiency of the machine drops drastically, therefore requiring repair as soon as possible. If the refrigerator door gasket is not fixed immediately, it will waste a lot of energy and money as well. The refrigerator door gasket will usually loose its sealing properties when used for a long period of time. However, this does not mean that the fridge needs to be replaced. The gasket can be easily replaced with a new one in order to regain the airtight seal.

Step 1 – Remove the Old Gasket

Locate the screws on the gasket and loosen them one by one. Investigate the perimeter of the door to check if all screws are removed. Some gaskets may be fastened to the door using clips, adhesive and other mounting hardware. Remove all this mounting equipment as well. If the gasket is glued to the door, use a putty knife to scrape the gasket off. Pull the worn out refrigerator door gasket firmly from the door.

Step 2 – Choose the Correct Gasket

Purchase a new gasket that is designed specifically for the refrigerator model. To ensure that the correct gasket is purchased, bring the old gasket to the store for comparison. Sometimes, the new gasket will have to be ordered from a remote location. While waiting, reinstall the old gasket and glue it back on until the new one comes.

Step 3 – Prepare the New Gasket

The new gasket needs to be pliable before it can be installed to the door of the fridge. To do this, simply soak it in warm water for about 10 minutes. Notice that the gasket becomes soft and easier to manipulate after this procedure.

Step 4 – Clean the Mounting Area

If there are any traces of adhesive on the mounting perimeter, rub it with a mild solvent or damp cloth rubbed with detergent. Rinse the area well.

Step 5 – Install the New Gasket

Replace the gasket starting from the top side and work it down until the entire gasket is positioned. If the gasket comes with a gasket glue or cement, use it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to check that the gasket is evenly placed and lies flat on the mounting area. Secure the screws, bolts, clips or other mounting hardware. Wait for the glue to set before testing.

Step 6 – Test the Installation

The gasket can be tested using a simple procedure. Get a bill or a piece of paper and place it between the door jamb and the gasket. Make sure that the paper or bill gets sandwiched before pulling it out gently. If the paper or bill does not slide off easily, the installation is successful. However, if it easily comes off without any resistance, then the gasket may be defective or improperly installed.