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Doors not sucking closed

The door seals are not sucking shut tight. When you close the ref. door the freezer door poofs open and vice versa. The warrenty was up in March. It gets cold but I know this is not right & the door on freezer has stayed ajar once creating a thaw.

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Re: doors not sucking closed

This is not a fault but it is a design problem that cannot be resolved, the problem occurs because between the fridge and the freezer there is an air duct to allow the freezer air to be blown into the fridge however when you close the fridge door this forces the air back into the fridge, the result is that it is forced into the air duct and pressurises the freezer or visa versa and pops the door open to allow the compressed air to escape. soory no cure to this one. Regards Advisor

Posted on Sep 01, 2007

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