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Freezer door won't stay shut

When I shut the refrigerator door, the freezer door pops open. I don't think it is the magnetic seal because I can feel the pull of the magnet when I open the freezer door when it is shut, but it pops open every time I close the frig door. My door will not stay shut, even if you hold it closed. The minute you take pressure off, it pops open a half an inch. Hotpoint Refrig HTM18ibpwrsa

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  • smith757 Mar 08, 2009

    I have the exact same problem... even closing my back door causes the freezer door to open. Stomping on the kitchen floor does it, too.

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This indicates that you do not have good airflow and return airflow between your freezer and refrigerator sections. That is why the pressure from closing one door is causing the other one to pop open.

Check the drain tube on the back of the machine to make sure it is not clogged or blocked with frozen water inside. Also check any return air flow vents inside the unit for clear ice.

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    I recommend starting with this one. Simple and it fixed my problem.

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I have an Amana that did the same thing for months. What I found was the small plate that bolts to the bottom of the top door, I assume to act as a travel stop, was bent from letting the door fly open. The fridge was leaning towards the front for years and if you let go of it, it would open all the way to the stop.The bent rightmost portion of the plate was hitting the lower door hinge at about an inch from closing. This was just enough to cause it to stay ajar when it popped open from closing the lower door. I removed it and bent it back to its original shape with a hammer. Now it stays closed, or rather, it closes itself when the pressure from closing the fridge door forces it open an inch or so. Of couse I did raise the front of the fridge so it leans back slightly, which was probably the real root cause of the problem.

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Have the " McGiver fix folks ! Bought a Hillman Plastic Magnetic Key Case 2" x 4" at Walmart Tire section intending to hide a key. It lay around for a week til this idea came up. Stuck the case to side of frig (outside) and let it protrude slightly to the freezer door. Test--- Drum Roll-----Slammed frig door, freezer door moved about 1/4 " and went back to Full Closed Position ! Started Tap Dancing....Use a couple drops of glue on frig side to keep case from shifting,, after you get mag case adjusted just right.... If it works for you, post it to another wed site and tell your friends.. gbeav@yah?? 4/7/2012, if you need some help......

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