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Freezer door hard to open for about 3 minutes

Freezer door hard to open for about 3 to 6 minutes after closing. It feels like a vacuum is being sucked in the freezer. After it sits for a few minutes, it will open normally. This unit is a GE Profile PSB42.

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This is normal and nothing to worry about. The warm air that enters the freezer when the door is open simply cools and causes a pressure drop in the freezer whioch makes the door hard to open for a while until the pressure equalises. It at least proves that you have good door seals!

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Iam amazed that on the entire Internet there has never been a ccorrect response to the question of why the freezer door is so hard to open after closing it intitally. Granted, I have just had a rather large martini, wine with supper and am now sipping cognac from a crystal snifter, I will state a brief fact. Take a mirror and look at the bottom of the freezer door; there, you will see two strange looking ducts, called vents. When the freezer door is closed, the interior air is pushed from the interior of the freezer, and it exits via those air vents. The check valve in the vents prevents air from rusing back into the freezer. Hence, the vacuum effect. I had a problem with my White-Westinghous freezer having frost buildup in a frost free freezer, so, I spent $150 on a new door gasket, only to find out that the replacement gasket weighed 6 oz. less than the original. was not as stout, and could not be snugly fit, even using a heat gun. I returned the gasket for credit, and, after replacing the two vents located at the bottom of the door, my freezer funcioned perfectly.

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