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Freezer door opens When you close refir. door

Every time I close the refrig. door the freezer door pops open. Sometimes it closes again but other times it remains open. Not a big problem but with three kids they don't check and make sure the freezer door closes. It seems like a silly reason to call a repairman about and I was wondering if there was something I could do?

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The freezer door is relatively light weight, and when the fresh foods door closes, the air has to go somewhere and the easiest escape route is to momentarily pop the freezer door open. The door should close again quickly. If is does not, make sure the freezer door liner is not touching the top or bottom, causing dragging resistance, and make sure that the front leveling legs are raised up so the door closes by it's self when released from a 45 degree opening. Sometimes the hinge side gasket rubs and holds things up also, especially if that area was cleaned. If that is the case, rub a film of wax on the hinge side gasket to lubricate it. Additional weight in the freezer door will also help.

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