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New 642 freezer door is very hard to open due to seal sticking

Our new 642 freezer door is very hard to open as the seal sticks.
Force needed is threatening to bend handle

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If the seal or seating area is sticky, wash it with warm water. If it isn't, this is just the sign of a good refrigerator. As the air cools, it becomes more dense and creates a vacuum inside the compartment. With a pliable new door seal which is sealing well, combined with a large door, this can cause a great seal with alot of pressure pulling on it. Smile, this is why your consumers bill will be much better with that new sub-z.

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