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Why is refrigerator side door not closing tight?

New hinges placed on door, why is door not sealed tight?

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SOURCE: Right Door is making loud popping noise

replace the door cam assy. and door stop.

Posted on Nov 05, 2008

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SOURCE: our fridge door won't close properly

The door hinges have nylon bushings/washers to help them work smoothly. If the unit is very old and had a lot of use (like a large family) the bushings or washers could be just worn away. This also is indicated if the doors seem to be misaligned. If the doors don't seem out of place, it could just be that the unit is not sitting on a level surface, causing the box to twist and the doors th therefore bind.
Other possibilities: The door is burdened heavily with the milk, juices, food, etc. and therefore is just plain heavy. You have a "water-thru-the-door" unit and some leak has occurred to fill the door and it's insulation with water. (eww!)
Check to see that the surface is level, and that the door fits correctly. Make replacements or adjustments as necessary. Lighten the load on the door, or fix the leak.

If you find my suggestions to be helpful, please share with us some details so that others may benefit from knowing the whole story. Thank you!

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

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SOURCE: Right Door is making loud popping noise

After reading these posts, I fixed my refrigerator door in less than 5 minutes. The little black plastic cam on the bottom hinge was loose. To fix it, take the hinge cover off of the top with an 8mm socket, and remove the three 8mm screws holding the top hinge on. Remove the door by lifting up off of the bottom hinge and set it aside. On the bottom hinge is a black plastic cam held on by an 8mm screw. The screw on mine was really loose. Tightening it and putting the door back on made it work like new. You probably don't have a bad cam, just a loose one.

Posted on Dec 25, 2008

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SOURCE: Right Door is making loud popping noise

After reading these posts, I fixed my refrigerator door in less than 5 minutes. The little black plastic cam on the bottom hinge was loose. To fix it, take the hinge cover off of the top with an 8mm socket, and remove the three 8mm screws holding the top hinge on. Remove the door by lifting up off of the bottom hinge and set it aside. On the bottom hinge is a black plastic cam held on by an 8mm screw. The screw on mine was really loose. Tightening it and putting the door back on made it work like new. You probably don't have a bad cam, just a loose one.

Posted on Dec 25, 2008

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SOURCE: freezer door not sealing

replace the seals and / or have the hinge adjusted

Posted on May 01, 2009

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