Do you know what part of your refrigerator gets the most wear and tear? If you guessed the door, then you are right. Since it gets the most wear and tear you can expect for your fridge to have problems with the door at some point or another, since it is opened and closed numerous times throughout any given day. The damage that will be caused is to the door gasket seal, which over time can deteriorate and start leaking.
While you may not see any visible signs that you have a faulty gasket, you will notice things like the fridge is not cooling the way it used to or you might see a sudden spike in your electric bill. In this article I am going to discuss with you how to identify if you have a bad door gasket and what to do to fix it. The first thing you need to decide about fixing your refrigerator is whether or not you want to do it on your own or if you want to hire a refrigerator repair service company to fix it for you. Either way is fine to do, but the important thing is that you act quickly when you have a bad gasket, this will save you a lot of money over the long run.
When the gasket is bad, then this basically means that you no longer have an air tight seal on your fridge. And as a result your appliance will have to work a lot harder to keep your food at the right temperature to prevent it from spoiling and as a result, you will also see your monthly utility bill increase because of this problem. So let us show you how to identify if there is an issue with the gasket and what refrigerator repairs will be necessary to fix the problem.
A visual inspection is the first step in the process of diagnosing the problem, what you are looking for here is whether or not you see any visible signs of the rubber gasket being worn out or showing signs of deterioration, if you see any then it is time to change the gasket. If you do not see any visible signs, but you have a hunch that there is a problem, then we can move on to step 2. For this step you will need to get a dollar bill to test the strength of the seal, place the bill in the middle, so half of it is in the fridge and the other half is outside. With the door closed, go ahead and try to remove the money, if you feel some resistance when taking it out, then that part of the seal is fine, you will want to do this along the entire gasket or just in areas that you think might have a problem. If the money easily comes out of any of the sections, then that would indicate that you have a bad seal.
If you would rather have a refrigerator repairman to diagnose the problem, they have more professional ways of testing the seal and depending on what brand appliance you have, they may have the part stocked in their commercial refrigerator repair van.
If a refrigerator appliance repair technician or you have found that the seal is bad, then it is very important that you change it as soon as possible. With any refrigerator service, it is always a good idea to do them in a timely manner to prevent a small problem from turning into a big one, as well as they will make your appliances function efficiently longer. Replacing the rubber gasket is an easy enough job for you to do on your own, as it does not involve you changing any components or working with the electronic devices.
If you decide to go about it on your own, then the next step is to make sure you get the correct part number, depending on your brand, this could be imprinted with the seal or you can check the owner’s manual and another option would be searching online or visiting a local repair shop. Do not be tempted by those one size fits all seals, instead try to get the exact match fit for your make and model. If you cannot seem to find the part number anywhere, then as a last resort you can always cut out a small piece of the seal and take it with you to a local parts store so they can match it for you. And do not worry if they do not have the part in stock, as you can glue that piece back in, in the event you have to wait a few days for the part to come in.
Once you have the gasket, then your next step before installing it, is to leave it in the kitchen or in the same room that your fridge is in and let it sit there for at least 24 hours so that it can be at the same humidity and temperature level as the old gasket. After that 24 hour period, then you can proceed with removing the old one and installing the new one. Once you remove the old one, it is a good idea to clean the area that you are going to mount it on, so it is nice and clean with no debris in there, this will allow for a more secure fit.
You can use a mild kitchen detergent to clean the area, once it is clean and dry, you can proceed to install the new gasket, you will want to follow the manufacturer’s instructions from here on out to complete the installation.
Here are just some quick tips to find a good repair company online, do a search in your favorite search engine and type in “appliance repair for GE refrigerator” assuming you have a GE brand appliance, if you don’t just replace GE with whatever brand you may have, such as LG, Frigidaire, Samsung, Whirlpool, Jenn Air, Magic Chef, Hotpoint or Maytag etc. You should find a list of local fridge repair companies and if you search hard enough you should find one that offers a free estimate.
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