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Re: how to replace the door seal on a frigidare upright...
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
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I understand you are having trouble with the door sealing on your upright freezer. Many times this can be caused by the freezer not being leveled. If the freezer is not leveled during installation, the door may be misaligned and not close or seal properly, causing cooling, frost, or moisture problems. To level your upright freezer use a carpenter's level to level the freezer from front-to-back. Adjust the plastic leveling feet in front, 1/2 bubble higher, so that the door closes easily when left halfway open. I hope this information has been helpful.
If You run Your finger in between the rubber seal that is resting on the freezer and the frame of the door , the rubber seal will break lose. When you open the door the seal is attache to the door. Just had the same problem after unboxing. Simple, just be sure to do the entire door.
symptoms you are describing are faulty door seals, try putting a thin piece of paper between door and frame to make sure doors are sealing,also when did you do a full manual defrost??(once a year even with auto defrost)
Model numbers of Kenmore , starting with 253. are made by Frigidare . The compressor probably has a valve out , either the high-side , or low-side . Probably the low-side valve is bad , therefore , the high-side will pump but not get the freezer as cold as it should be . Both sides have to work . Low-side helps pull the refrigerant thru the system , while the high-side pumps pressure thru the system .
ice on top of freezer door they came out with a fix but does not work two vent holes on bottom of door seal mthem off with silicone moisture getting in if that don't work you need to take liner off and spray foam the liner cavities
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.
Sounds like a door seal that isn't sealing all the way around. That would be my first replacement. Is the unit level back to front and side to side? Is it really full of food?
Call your local appliance parts house and get a magnetic door seal first. They aren't that expensive. But make sure you do not have the freezer overloaded, which could account for the lack of that vacuum sound.
Finally, is self defost? Even if it is, a lot of times the vent on the bottom in the back gets packed with ice. If it is, remove the food and use a hairdryer, being carefull to unplug the freezer first. Melt all that ice and empty your overflow tray at the bottom underneath.
THE (SUCKING AIR) OCCURS WHEN THE TEMP IS VERY LOW IN THE FREEZER AND YOU LET WARM AIR IN BY OPENING THE DOOR. WHEN THE DOOR IS CLOSED, THE WARM AIR IS COOLED CAUSING A VACUUM IN THE FREEZER. IF THE DOOR SEAL HAS A LEAK AROUND IT, THE SUCKING SOUND WILL NOT TAKE PLACE. CHECK THE DOOR SEAL FOR A GAP AT ONE OF THE CORNERS OR ALONG THE SIDES,BACK, BOTTOM, OR TOP.IF THE SEAL IS O.K., HOW IS THE TEMP? IF THE TEMP SEEMS WARM, YOU MAY NEED TO CHECK THE SEALED SYSTEM. LOOK AT THE FROST PATTERN ON THE EVAPORATOR. IS IT COMPLETE AND UNIFORM? IS ONLY PART OF THE EVAPORATOR FROSTED BACK? IF THE ENTIRE EVAPORATOR IS FROSTED BACK UNIFORMLY, THE SEALED SYSTEM IS O.K.