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Top freezer opens when lower door is shut

When the lower refeg. door is shut sometimes the upper freezer comes open

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  • govinda_sr Sep 13, 2008

    I started out with the same problem. It got worse. My freezer and fridge just pop open spontaneously. I have been duct taping them shut. Now the seal just refuses to you know, seal. So the milk's been spoiling in 2 days, etc. So last night I taped the top and bottom shut with painter's tape, all the way around. It was very cold this morning so I know that the seal is the problem.



    I am going to try the boiling water and hair dryer tonight. I sure hope it works. I miss having refridgerated food.

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This could be the door rubbers, try boiling some water and pour it slowly over the rubber,it would turn soft and wold return to the original state.

now close the door and with a hair dryer set on hot,blow on the rubber untill it seals all over.
let the door stand close for at least 6 ours...

Let me know if it worked..

Good luck.

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