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Freezer door opens easily

When we go out and get something out of our freezer or refrigerator, the freezer door sometimes stays open. The repair man says that this is normal and there is no way to fix it.

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The freezer door has a rubber gasket fitted with magnet beading. In case the gasket is torn or the magnet strip is missing due to continuous use the door does not close. Just replace the gasket and you will see that the door does not open unless you physically open it.

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The problem is that you should always have the front of the fridge/freezer slightly higher than the rear of the unit. This is so the doors will close securely and shut all the way using the weight of the doors themselves to help them close.

Whenever we delivered fridges, we'd always set the front leveling legs/wheels high enough for the doors to close by themselves when opened 90 degrees from the fridge. This is common and sometimes people don't like the look of the fridge being slightly higher in the front than the back, but normally you can't tell unless you put a level on the top. That's the key, the fridge SHOULD NOT be level front to back, but just slightly higher in the front door section so as to allow for easier, more secure closing of the doors.

By the way, this is great if you have kids that tend to only give a slight push to the doors instead of really making sure the fridge is closed.

Another thing to check on the freezer door itself is to make sure that the plastic washers are properly in place at the pivot pins at the bottom corner of the door. There should be a plastic washer on top of the pin and hinge between the door and hinge, if not, then you need to get one to make closing better. The last thing you can do is to remove contents from the door and adjust the top and bottom hinges to better align the door to the freezer. The door should close easily without rubbing against the cabinet section and if it is rubbing/dragging (usually on the bottom) then you'll need to loosen the lower hinge pin assembly and raise it up and move to either left or right (not much play side-to-side) and retighten the bolts and check for proper closing of the door without any restriction.

Hope that helps!

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