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How do I tell if a refrigerator door seal is bad?

Help your refrigerator stay cool

A quality refrigerator door seal should always be airtight. But over time, as you open and close the refrigerator door, it can wear down. When is it time to switch out your door seal or door gasket with a high-quality replacement? Take out the guesswork with guidance straight from our appliance experts.

How to tell if a refrigerator door seal is worn out

Fridge is overworking:  

Your refrigerators will run when its interior temperature dips below a set mark. A fridge with an airtight seal shouldn’t run constantly because the cool air should stay trapped inside. So, if your fridge is constantly running, cold air may be seeping out because of a faulty seal. 

Warm interior:  

When your refrigerator isn’t properly sealed, warm air can easily seep in. So, when you open the door to a warm fridge, a worn door seal may be the problem. 

Condensation:  

Moisture and high humidity happen when the interior temperature of your fridge fluctuates in an effort to keep cool. That condensation could be caused by heat coming into your fridge because your fridge door isn’t sealed properly. 

Fridge is overworking:  

Your refrigerators will run when its interior temperature dips below a set mark. A fridge with an airtight seal shouldn’t run constantly because the cool air should stay trapped inside. So, if your fridge is constantly running, cold air may be seeping out because of a faulty seal. 

Warm interior:  

When your refrigerator isn’t properly sealed, warm air can easily seep in. So, when you open the door to a warm fridge, a worn door seal may be the problem. 

Condensation:  

Moisture and high humidity happen when the interior temperature of your fridge fluctuates in an effort to keep cool. That condensation could be caused by heat coming into your fridge because your fridge door isn’t sealed properly. 

Testing for a faulty door seal

  1. There are steps you can take at home to test if your door gasket is working properly. Look closely at the gasket for any imperfections, debris, or build-up that could be preventing a good seal.
  2. Another test you can try only requires a crisp dollar bill. Close the door of the fridge with half the dollar shut inside the cabin. Then carefully pull the dollar from the fridge. A seal in good shape will give you some resistance. Faulty seals will have less tension. 
  3. Damage to a refrigerator door seal may not be immediately visible. It may be easier to feel along the seal or gasket for any cuts and splits.

  1. There are steps you can take at home to test if your door gasket is working properly. Look closely at the gasket for any imperfections, debris, or build-up that could be preventing a good seal.
  2. Another test you can try only requires a crisp dollar bill. Close the door of the fridge with half the dollar shut inside the cabin. Then carefully pull the dollar from the fridge. A seal in good shape will give you some resistance. Faulty seals will have less tension. 
  3. Damage to a refrigerator door seal may not be immediately visible. It may be easier to feel along the seal or gasket for any cuts and splits.

How do you fix a refrigerator door seal?

If dirt or debris is preventing your fridge door from sealing properly, all you have to do is give it a thorough (but gentle) clean. Use warm soapy water and a soft dishcloth to carefully wipe down the gasket and the surface it seals against. Take care to gently open the folds of the gasket to remove any crumbs. 
 
If the gasket is cracked, split, or warped, you will likely need to replace it. Make sure you replace with genuine Original Equipment Manager or OEM parts for the best fit. Removing the old gasket should be fairly simple—it's probably attached by a few hidden screws. Make sure the replacement gasket has had a chance to warm up and assume its correct shape after shipping.  

Tip: Heat the new gasket slightly with a hair dryer or a heat gun on a low setting to make it more flexible. 

If dirt or debris is preventing your fridge door from sealing properly, all you have to do is give it a thorough (but gentle) clean. Use warm soapy water and a soft dishcloth to carefully wipe down the gasket and the surface it seals against. Take care to gently open the folds of the gasket to remove any crumbs. 
 
If the gasket is cracked, split, or warped, you will likely need to replace it. Make sure you replace with genuine Original Equipment Manager or OEM parts for the best fit. Removing the old gasket should be fairly simple—it's probably attached by a few hidden screws. Make sure the replacement gasket has had a chance to warm up and assume its correct shape after shipping.  

Tip: Heat the new gasket slightly with a hair dryer or a heat gun on a low setting to make it more flexible. 

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