I have an Amana atb1836ar top freezer fridge. The freezer has begun to pop open when I close the fridge. Worse yet, sometimes when I open the freezer door, there is no pull, as if the gasket is not working. This happens soon after opening the fridge as well as hours after opening the fridge. At time of purchase, I bought an extended GE-Zurich warranty. When the A&E warranty service guy paid a visit, he said it was "normal." I don't buy it, especially when the unit did not do this the first three years I owned it. If this is normal, then what a huge energy-waster. If the GE-Zurich Warranty will not fix it, I'll boycott and badmouth both GE and Amana/Maytag.
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Re: Freezer door pops open when close fridge
There are a few things you could try. Make sure both the gasket and the area around the opening that the gasket rests on are clean dry and not iced over. Make sure your fridge is level. If those do not work you may need a new gasket. One thing is for sure it is Not normal. You could also try contactging a supervisor at A&E and explain what happened. You may have got a repairman who was having a bad day or just plain lazy! Good Luck!
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That is a common problem with over-under units. You can clean or replace the door seal or, tilt the unit back a TINY bit. The door pops open because there is a common airway from the freezer to the fridge. When the fridge door shuts too fast, it pushes a lot of air into the unit. It needs to go somewhere so, it pops the freezer door open. If you shut the freezer hard enough, you will be able to pop the fridge door open.
raise the front legs so the machine is tilted back a little,this will help the top door close easier,also most likely you have nothing heavy on the door itself,all a fridge does is move air,the evaporator coil gets cold and the evap. fan blows cold air from the freezer into the fridge side and the air keeps circulating,when you shut the top door it's pushing the air down into the freezer and popping the door open,like i said raise the front legs a little and put stuff on the freezer door so it has some wieght to it and it won't pop open.hope this helps salde
check to see if the fridge is tilted back a little so the top door closes with just a little shove,also if there isn't any weight on the freezer door it will pop open,put something on the door,a bottle of water that will freeze or whatever you want,it could be leaking from stuff melting from the door being open, is the water dripping from the door?the door does freeze up and will melt out if door is left open, hopefully your air ducts didin't freeze up,make sure you can feel cold air blowing into the fridge section,if not heat up the back wall where the evap fan motor is with a hair dryer the air ducts are near there and check the freezer ceiling for frozen water droplets,hopefully everything will freeze back up with the door closed.
try to adjust hinges and check the door gaskets for pinching. Also I have seen that if the fridge is slightly pitched forward and not slightly towards the back gravity sometimes this causes the problem you describe.
Your pushing air from the fridge part over to the freezer door when you clos it,the only thing i can suggest is make sure that the seal (which is magnetic) is clean and not falling apart,inspect it all around the door,and when closing the door i would close it gently.
Hope this helped.Let me know by rating me or for more help go to live chat.Thanks Len West
As it turns out, I looked more closely at the baskets inside. We had noticed that if the top basket was slid all the way forward when we closed the door that it would close better. So I looked to see if they or the slides were out of alignment. They seemed ok, but then I saw that the way the bottom basket was hanging didn't seem right - it was not quite nestled into it's retainer slot. I took the baskets out and turned the bottom one around. It fit perfectly into it's retainer slot. I then replaced the top one (it was already in correctly) and closed the door. It sealed correctly the first time. I tested it several times after that and it sealed tightly. Closing the top door did not make it unseal as it had done before.