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Freezer door misalignment on ARB8057CSL

When bottom freezer door is closed the gasket is compressed at the bottom of each side and almost open on one top side and definitely open on the other top side. There doesn't appear to be any adjustments to the drawer slide or door mounting hardware to accommodate rotating the door to fit and close squarely. Refig was used in rental unit for a while so problem went unnoticed until large ice build up, etc. Any suggestions? Any sources of manuals? Thanks, Rich

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  • beegfoot Jun 27, 2008

    Make sure the hook at the end of each arm of the freezer door is fully inserted into the corresponding slot of door slider. This may not be obvious from a casual inspection. The door arm has to be at about a 45 degree angle to the door slider assembly to insert/remove the door. When the door assembly is resting on the door sliders, a portion of the hook at the end of the arm must be visible below the insertion slot to determine that it is fully seated (about 1/4" should show below the slot). To inspect whether this might be the problem, you must first remove the basket (push in on the release on each side of the basket and lift up). If so, the hook is probably stuck inside the slot and moderate force may be needed to push it the rest of the way though.

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Before adjusting hinges you need to take a good look across the door from the side to make sure the door is not warped rather than the hinge misaligned. Cannot give much info on hinges but most do not give much adjustment and most can be accessed it is possible that one of the fixings is loose. The other possibility is that the seal is preventing the door from closing, although it does sound as though it is the top hinge not pulled towards the cabinet properly. Sorry to be vague. Hope this is of some help.

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