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The refrigerator door does not close unless you press firmly on it, especially if there is a lot of weight on the door shelves. Can it be ''re-balanced'' so that gravity helps it to stay closed?

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Look at the door hinges;you should see some flat washers on the bottom of hinge.(maybe on top also).They are made with hard plastic or fiber,and are different thickness.You could probably use metal washers that you may have laying around.Loosen bottom hinge and pick up on bottom of door and hinge,and retighten hinge,someetimes this will solve problem.Other wise,may have to remove top hinge and lift door off and add washers till the door closes properly.When refrigerators are properly leveled,when you let go of the door,it should have a tenedency to close.Hope this helps Gregg

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