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probably the best idea is to contact a local fridge/ freezer person that replaces seals on the doors of fridges and freezers (yellow pages for a start-fridge repairers)
they have an assortment of seal profiles on board and they make the seal to suit the door on site
The cost is about 75% of new price
ask the service agent spares for a seal, because although the freezer may be old , seals didn't change all that much and you may still get a seal from them
From the size I am guessing that it is a chest freezer probably an electrolux/email product and you may be lucky if it is
Check there are no small vegetables stuck in the seal. Crazy, I know, but it's amazing the places frozen peas can end up.
If there's nothing caught in the seal, perhaps the seal has deformed. How did you do the defrosting? Sometimes people use knives and damage parts of their freezer. Some people use boiling water, which can cause damage to seals. If the seal has become deformed, you will most likely need a new seal.
It might also be worth checking the door hinges; if the door isn't flush with the opening, the seal won't seal properly. Defrosting shouldn't cause any problems with the door, but sometimes accidents happen.
Put a long straight edge on the door to verify a warp. A 4 foot level is good for this test. If the door is in fact warped. You should pull back on the seal,loosen the screws behind the seal holding the door liner in place,adjust the door to the straight edge and re-tighten the screws. If the straight edge does not show a warped door,take a hair dryer and heat the seal where it is off the frame. Do this with the door closed and you will see the seal relax and touch the frame. Let it cool in this position before opening the door again. If neither of these is the cause,loosen the door hinge and re-adjust the door position,then re-tighten the hinge screws.
I'm assuming you don't want to replace the door seal. Open the freezer door. Stand "inside" the open door and place your foot at the right bottom corner (looking from the inside). Place your hand in the top right corner and pull it very slightly toward you. Do this in small amounts until the gap closes making sure you don't open one at the bottom.
An alternate method is to warm the gapped section of the door seal with a hair dryer to soften the rubber enough to allow the magnet within the rubber to pull the seal gap closed. This has worked for me numerous times by making small adjustments at a time. Good Luck
yes. if the door seal is not making good seal then when the unit is running it will **** air in from where the seal is failing and create frost build up. need to inspect seal and make sure its making good contact.
If the door seals are still pliable and intact there are two possible causes.
1/ The upper door hinge on the top of freezer unit has two adjusting screws under a plastic cover/cap which allows the upper hinge to be set forward or back altering/adjusting the spacing of the door seal to the freezer body. Moving the hinge outward at the top will cause the door to seal tighter at the bottom and lessen escaping cold air and condensation to form (water droplets). Adjust carefully so as not to create a weak seal (air gap) along other sealing edges of the door frame.
2/ Many United Refrigeration Commercial Freezers are manual defrosting. Moisture from inside the freezer can condense between the inner molded door panel (door shelves) and the exterior metal door. Usually ice buildup will occur in this space, but when defrosting or during high ambient temps the ice will melt and drip out along the bottom door edge/seal. Screws alomg the door frame (hidden by the door seal) hold the seal in place and also the inner molded door panel. The inner panel can be removed to replace the seal or to remove the ice buildup.
The description below is for a gap at the top of the door. Adjust the procedure for gap at bottom by "twisting" the door in the opposite direction.
I'm assuming you don't want to replace the door seal. Open the freezer
door. Stand "inside" the open door and place your foot at the right
bottom corner (looking from the inside). Place your hand in the top
right corner and pull it very slightly toward you. Do this in small
amounts until the gap closes making sure you don't open one at the
An alternate method is to warm the gapped section of
the door seal with a hair dryer to soften the rubber enough to allow
the magnet within the rubber to pull the seal gap closed. This has
worked for me numerous times by making small adjustments at a time.
most fridge door seals are attached to the door by screws. If you flap the seal up from the bottom you should see some screws. if you go to the site below it gives your guidance on replacing the seals on fridges, as all fridge seals are pretty generic you should find it useful http://www.wikihow.com/Replace-a-Refrigerator-Door-Seal
i wouldn't worry about vacuum seal. door gaskets contain a low powered magnet around the entire face for "contact" seal, id look into perhaps something placed on one of the shelves or door blocking the door from closing as tightly as you remembered. if you have a problem with that gasket. it would have to be physically ripped and where it didn't make contact you would have an influx of warm air resulting in ice balls forming inside door liner adjacent to seal