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Door will not remain closed

Fridge is approx 6 years old and main door will not stay closed - freezer section has no problems

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Hello;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

You do not have a door gasket problem. Though, you may have a food storage problem, where food is blocking the closure of the door.

When contractors deliver refrigerators and freezers they level them incorrectly. The front of the unit should be pitched slightly up to assist the door in closing and staying closed. You need to raise the leveling screws in the front behind the toe plate.

But, I do not think that is your problem! On the bottom hinge of your door is a rubber grommet. It is like a tongue and grove.

Lay on the floor observe the lower door hinge. While on the floor open and close the door. You should hear a "pop" when the grommet engages to the closed position. If there is no resistance then the grommet is worn and will not lock and keep the door closed.

The grommet is inexpensive. You must take the door off to replace. This is a common problem.

Go into the following website. Put in your unit model number. Your model number is located on the upper side wall in your fresh food section of your refrigerator. Several diagrams will appear and you will see the part number and cost of the lower door grommet.

Posted on Apr 25, 2015

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Check to see if the shelves are not hitting the door shelves. the crisper drawers are in properly and there is not something too large in the door shelves. This is the usually reason for the doors not to stay closed. the other reason could be a bad door gasket.

Posted on Apr 25, 2015

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