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Refrigerator door won't seal. Gasket okay, think

Refrigerator door won't seal. Gasket okay, think it's the alignment but not sure how to do this

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Adjust door hangers, they have slots in them, back bolts out a little and adjust door hangers.

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Every time I open the refrigerator door, I have water in the egg baskets on the door and water dripping down from the top.

Hello David McCullough,

Welcome to FIXYA... your question is so well posed and nomenclature very complete.... Allowed me to took up your parts availability (they are available (see below))...!!

The first site I looked at also has an "instruction" video.

Keep in mind even if you buy a NEW SEAL... It will come folded up in a box... and you will have to manipulate it to assure full contact... So watch the video... see what they do... and when all is said-n-done... square, clean & true...

The important thing you need to know right now is your issue is a simple air Leak... If you have not moved the refrigerator... and no children are using it (rather than the drawer trick) to get to the counter-top (cookie jar)...

You need only CHECK the condition of your seal.

If it is clean, supple without any cracks... It probably only needs to be "ENCOURAGED" to CONTINUE it's faithful service... It has a magnetic edge that aides it to seal (weak... but there)

Be sure to check the BOTTOM of the seal first... if there is any food or fudge down there it will keep even the WELL-ALIGNED door from sealing... (or pizza box... (etc.)).

Once you are sure the seal is worth keeping: clean it with only a DAMP cloth and as much soap as you can lather on your hand from BAR SOAP... If it has kitchen grease on it use a pinch of baking dry soda and a soft toothbrush...

Also check the gasket actually touches the METAL (top) part of the refrigerator housing... a small $6 part can allow the door to drop enough to create this issue...

Finally if everything looks fine... do the "dollar-bill" test.
(brown bag paper is just as good & a lot more sanitary)...

Pull a piece of paper... the dimensions of a dollar bill by opening the door... and closing it on the "dollar"... going fully around the entire door you should feel equal pressure all around...

(all around)

Too tight means the door needs to be adjusted (refer to your owners manual"

Too loose... what you are MOST LIKELY going to find on the gasket above you "egg baskets" ...

ELSE your door has dropped...

You either need the door closer kit ($6) or to simply raise the door so the MAGNET (inside the gasket) is in contact with the METAL refrigerator case.

If it is in alignment... but loose SIMPLY CUT A SODA STRAW
(or a little wadded up SOFT plastic wrap) for the length of the looseness... pick up the INSIDE EDGE OF THE GASKET ... and train the gasket to get closer...

Remove the straw when the NATURAL MAGNETIC attraction works again (a few weeks).

Hope this helps!

Door kit

Door Gasket

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Oct 08, 2016 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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When I open the refrigerator the freezer pops open

I appreciate your inquiry, Tammy McAninch!

Based off the information you have provided your Frigidaire freezer door pops open when you open your refrigerator door. This can happen with new refrigerators because the seal is new. I understand your question is labeled under model FGHB2866PF. It could be issues with your door not aligned properly and hitting your freezer door to open. I would check the gasket to make sure they are creating the proper seal on your freezer in order to check that you can use a dollar bill. Place a dollar bill between the body of the freezer and close the door. The dollar bill should stay in place and pull out with a small amount of resistance. If the dollar bill falls out when placed between the gasket and cabinet double check to see if the door is being blocked by anything stopping it from closing it. If nothing is stopping the door from closing then replace the gasket. If you continue to experience issues with your freezer door I would recommend reaching out to a professional for further assistance. I hope this information helps to some degree. -Matt

Nov 17, 2014 | Frigidaire Gallery Series FGHB2866PF 27.8...

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Refrigerator door seal has gap, and the alarm keeps going off

My refrigerator as delivered had noticeable gaps in the sealing gasket. The solution is to adjust the doors to eliminate the gap. The door hinges allow for adjustment by loosening hardware, adjusting, and tightening hardware again.

Sep 09, 2012 | Samsung Refrigerators

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Refrigerator runs too often

Check the seal all the way around the door (s). If there is any place that is not sealing you may see a trace of moister there. Bad seal means it has to run allot to keep up. I hope it is a simple fix like this. You may need to just make sure that the unit is level ( you can use a glass of water on top for the fridge or a level if you have one) . Also you may need to replace the gasket if it is torn or warped. A gasket won't seal proper if it is at all dirty from something getting spilled on it. Make sure you feel it all the way around for stickiness or grit. I hope this helps.

Mar 18, 2012 | Frigidaire Refrigerators

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Model #79575543401 KENMORE ELITE Refrigerator The left side double door leaks at the bottom into the interior of the fridge. There is a panel on the inside of the bottom of the door, but not sure how...

. Using a good light , flashlight , etc. check your refrigerator and freezer door seals . This is the gasket that seals the door shut when closed . Look for cracks, tears, and possibly bumps in the gasket material. If you notice any of these , replace the door seal gasket . Furthermore , it is always best to replace both door gaskets at same time .

Feb 19, 2011 | Refrigerators

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Freezer door does not close properly

inspect the seal all the way around the door. check to make sure that it is not in a bind when you open and close the door. if it is you can try a little wd40 or silicone spray on the gasket and frame of the refrigerator where the gasket meets the frame. this will help it slide accros the frame better.

if the gasket is bound up and out of shape, you can heat it up with very hot water to straighten it.

make sure that you keep the gasket and the door facing clean. spillage from the use of the refrigerator/freezer can cause the gasket to stick especially at the bottom.

Jul 01, 2010 | GE (PSS26MSRSS) Side by Side Refrigerator

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Door not closing as it has dropped down slightly

Refrigerator Door alignment has long been the bane of homeowners worldwide, so you're not alone.
Any time you remove a door on a refrigerator you take it out of alignment. The best solution for reattaching the doors is from the bottom to the top. This way you will have access to all the screws as you assemble. First set the primary bottom pin, be careful to remember adding the non friction white plastic washer on this pin/hinge. How ever many washers you took off, you will have to replace. Also remember that all of the weight of both doors finally rest on this one main pin so it's alignment is most critical. Once this pin has been screwed into place (loosely) you may close the door and concentrate on manually adjusting the door until it is square and aligned with the body. Take special note of the gasket on the hinge side only and be sure that it isn't squashed bent curled or severely mashed as this will defeat proper sealing of the door.
IF the gasket is compressed to far you can add spacers to the facing of the bottom and middle hinge to bring it away from the main body of the box itself.
If you have lost your spacers you can make new ones easily from coffee can lids.
Once the bottom pin is aligned you can loosely attach the middle pin/hinge which controls movement of both the refrigerator door and the freezer door. Now you should be able to open the Fridge door without it binding on the bottom. If so, you should now close the door, realign to the body and tighten these screws. Check once again for free door movement. Now proceed to the freezer and repeat the above procedure, making sure to add the non-friction washers.Align to the box and make sure the gaskets close and float easily then tighten the screws and Viollah!
You're done!.

Mar 05, 2010 | Refrigerators

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Water leaking from the roof of the fridge inside.

That is condensation. The rubber insulator (gasket) on the door may be damaged or worn. The door does not close and seal properly.
Make sure that nothing that is on top of the refrigerator is "hanging" into the path of the door seal (like a bread bag ponytail).

Also to consider:
Door hinge is loose so that door is not aligned for proper door seal.
Refrigerator is not "level" so that door is not ...
Freezer is defrosting (heating elements will warm up the coils, so "dew point temperature" may have been reached.

Check the door gaskets.

Sep 21, 2009 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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