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This free how-to video explains how refrigerator/freezer door gaskets work. The video also offers tips and tricks to aid you in the installation of your door gasket.

All refrigerator and freezer doors have a gasket or seal that is attached. This seal is designed prevent the cold air from escaping the refrigerator. If your refrigerator/freezer door seal is broken or worn at all, cold air may be escaping, causing the refrigerator/freezer to run longer in order to keep the air inside cold. Check the door seal regularly and replacing when necessary is important to cut down on energy costs.

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27 thoughts on “Refrigerator/Freezer Door Gasket – How it Works & Installation Tips

  1. rustyme1122 says:

    Right out of the box my new freezer door gasket seems too thin, like it is collapsed. I installed it but will not seal the door at all. There is about a 3/16 to 1/4 inch gap all the way around. Will warming it up with a hair dryer expand it?

  2. says:

    Heating up the gasket will make it stretch a little but you normally will not have that large a gap all the way around just a few wavy spots. If you had the wrong part # it would most likely not fit at all. You can try heating it up and stretching it out and hopefully the door magnets will pull enough to make it seal. if you give us your model and part number that you installed we can verify that if you got the right part or not.

  3. rustyme1122 says:

    I soaked the gasket in the bathtub filled with very hot water. That made it very pliable and when I got it on the door was able to get it sealed. It seems OK now. I was hoping a new door gasket would help eliminate some of the ice build up within the freezer. It did not. The new gasket makes no difference. What would be the next most logical thing to check? Thanks again.

  4. says:

    I would recommend using the repair help section of our website (link in the description). If you enter your model number there you'll have access to part, model and symptom specific repair help.

  5. Timell Montgomery says:

    Soaked the gasket in hot water and did not have a problem getting the gasket in place. However I am now having a problem getting the door to seal the bottom of the door comes in contact first and the top half will not close. 

  6. flybywire62 says:

    Hi RepairClinic,
    I have a GE refrigerator(side-by-side) model PSG95NGMHCBB and after a house power loss found that the freezer temp is not going down more than -5 degree anymore.fridge temp. as well .The cooling fluid has been changed with no help. What could be the cause of this malfunction?
    Thank you.

  7. Marisa Tolsma says:

    Hi Repair clinic,

    I have a Kenmore upright freezer model no. 253.20402000 that we bought second hand. Someone installed a door gasket on it before we bought it, but the door does not seal properly. We simply cannot get a portion of the door gasket in the very near top corner to seal with the body of the freezer. We've used a hair dryer across the contextual area to no avail and thought about using petroleum to get it to seal. We thought that we would ask you first.

  8. Marc-André Friolet says:

    I.. i have a question..i recently changed the gasket on my whirlpool 30 inch french door (right) and noticed that there was a huge gap when the gasket was removed.. now the gasket is in place but won't stay in .. i noticed when i removed it there was some sealant or glue holding it at it place.. i tried silicone but it wont stick to the stanless of the door.. any idea what i can use to glue it? Thanks in advance..
    Here a link showing you that can see where it was glued..

  9. BionicMerlin says:

    The freezer door on our fridge was reinstalled improperly by the guys who delivered it. Whoever decided to put 2 sets of screw holes on the top bracket wasn't doing us a favor. The seal leaks a bit on the top corner. I did the hair dryer thing twice and got most of the leaks out. It helps to put a flashlight in the freezer! I might try to put a little bit of Mortite on the coerner on the outside to put pressure on the corner. I'll give it another week before I try that.

  10. Adam Kelley says:

    After soaking it in water to get the wrinkles out, a small amount of water was left inside, froze, and hardened the gasket. I’ve tried thawing it out and letting it drain, but it’s such a small amount of water that it doesn’t drip out. Any suggestions?

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