Time: 30 minutes
The refrigerator gasket forms an air-tight seal that keeps cold air inside the fridge and warm air out. Constantly opening and closing your refrigerator door can take its toll on the gasket, causing it to loosen or deteriorate. Have you noticed your food isn’t getting cold or that air is seeping out of your refrigerator? It may be time to start fresh and install a new gasket.
What's in it for you?
- Extend the life of your refrigerator
- Keep your food cold and fresh
- Lower your electricity bill
Replace Your Refrigerator Gasket
- Remove the old gasket. Start at the top of the seal and grab the inner edge facing the door. Pull the gasket back toward you to expose the retaining plate attached beneath it with screws. Loosen (don’t remove) the screws and then the gasket should pull off easily.
Pro Tip: Soak the new gasket in warm water while you’re removing the old seal. It’ll help make the rubber more pliable when you’re installing it.
Install the new gasket. Slide the lip of the new gasket into the metal retainer. Use a screwdriver to tighten the retainer, making sure not to over-tighten the screws. If needed, use a hair dryer to close any gaps and mold the new gasket into place.
Check your work. Open and close the refrigerator door several times to check for proper alignment of the gasket and make sure there aren’t any drafts. Tighten the retainer screws and test the door out again and check for gaps or warping that may need a quick blast of the hairdryer.
Pro Tip: Apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly along the visible surfaces of the gasket to help strengthen the seal around the door.