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Doors hard to open

This is a new unit. At the store, the (empty) floor model refrigerator doors were not hard to open. Our unit takes a gorilla grip to open. I can see the stress this is putting on our plastic door handles. This is not right. What can I adjust? Is this a service call?

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  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2008

    I have the same problem. Our fridge is whirlpool gold. it is almost three years old, and lately i am having problems when i open it. i feel like somebody put crazy glue or something.

    what can i do

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2008

    Brand new from the store, my refrigerator door almost needs a pry bar to open it and it remains that way. It is especially difficult right after closing it. The gasket sticks to the cabinet and visibly stretches before the door finally opens. It acts like the stretching gasket causes a suction on the inside. My wife and I both get plenty of muscle therapy from that refrigerator, but this problem is a pain in the lower regions. We tried a little plastic buggy bumper under the gasket. It worked, but it caused cold air to leak - thus sacrificing efficiency.

  • lordstafford Nov 10, 2008

    Same issue with Kenmore bottom freezer...I'm a young strong guy, and I have to put one hand on the handle and one hand on the fridge and pry them apart. (NO, there is nothing "sticky" was like this new).

    I have read that they have been adding magnets within the rubber seals to ensure a tight fit. That explains why when it gets within an inch or two of closing it sucks itself shut. What a pain. Totally unnecessary...this fridge is not going into space and does not need to be 100% vacuum sealed. I would gladly give up a few % of efficiency to not have to fight with this danged thing (and look like an idiot to my friends) every time I try to open it!!!!

    I don't need magnets to make sure I remember to close the door. Ours is so strong, that we can't put anything on top of it because when we open it, the entire applicance rocks. (Of course, floor models at the store don't have these magnets). And my mother in her 70s can't hardly open it without help or putting her entire body into yanking it open.

    Why can't they go back to making them with a handle/catch? Yes, I know some stupid people put them in their yards and kids got locked inside, but at what point do the rest of society have to keep suffering because of stupid people? They didn't take latching doors out of cars, which kill many more people. And more kids drown in bathtubs...we should alter them with a huge drain that won't allow a deep enough puddle for anyone to drown.

    Oh, and mold them with a bumpy diamond-plate non-skid (that is impossible to clean) so no one can slip. At some point, people have to take responsibility for themselves. In the meantime, I have to pull on my Kenmore so hard that it may tip over on me...THEN I will have a lawsuit!

  • Joe Goodof
    Joe Goodof Apr 30, 2014

    "It works!"small piece of drinking straw... taped to door seal..



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My husband, an engineer, fixed this problem after a service visit did nothing to fix the hard to open door problem. He duct taped a small section of a straw (about 4 inches) to the inside top of the door frame so that one end of the straw was inside of the fridge and the other end was on the outside. It doesn't even show. Voila! Pressure released and it's worked great ever since!!

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I just talked with a refrigerator repair man. He said the super suction was a problem for 2006 to 2009 models which tried to be super energy efficient. He gets a lot of complaints. Anyway he echoed the straw advice above, except he advised taping a coin on the seal. I like the straw idea better. I will see if it works.

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  • Martini131 Aug 24, 2011

    It has NOTHING to do with hinges or magnets. I just talked with a refrigerator repair man. He said the "super suction" was a problem for 2006 to 2009 models which tried to be super energy efficient. He gets a lot of complaints. Anyway he echoed the straw advice above, except he advised taping a coin on the seal. I like the straw idea better. I will see if it works.

  • Martini131 Aug 24, 2011

    sorry for the double post


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This type of problem do occur in batch production of electronic items......this is production fault,the door hinges may be not properly fitted.,,,call for the service operator within service period,,if possible get the piece changed

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