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How do you replace freezer door gasket correctly?

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  • Kirk Kleist Nov 15, 2009

    I looked under the gasket and saw no screws as you mentioned, the gasket is between the plastic shelve liner and the metal door. Any Ideas?

  • Kirk Kleist Nov 15, 2009

    Whirlpool Model ED5NTQXKQ00

  • Kirk Kleist Nov 16, 2009

    Yes it was thank-you for your help

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You can do this yourself with just some basic tools and a little patience and assistance.

You'll need to remove all food from the freezer as it will take at least 45 minutes or longer, depending on how well you do.

If you roll back the door gasket, you'll see the fasteners that hold the gasket in place. Remove these starting with the ones on the bottom edge and then the sides. Finally, remove the top ones, leaving the two top corners for last, that way you can have someone help hold the door liner, so it doesn't drop to the floor and get damaged.

I would also suggest that a day or so before you're going to do the repair, that you let the new gasket lay out on a floor somewhere where it can't get damaged so it will relax and get most of the kinks out of it from shipping, etc.

Then simply put the gasket onto the door liner and reinstall all the screws back onto the door frame.
There are some models (you didn't provide a brand or model number to zero in on the exact version you have) that have the door gaskets glued onto the door frame. On this types, you'll have to use either a plastic or metal putty knive to gently run around the entire edges of the door, between the gasket and the door frame, to get it to come off.

Then you'll need to have someone help you reinstall the new one, as you'll have to reglue the gasket onto the door frame. This will require some non-marring clamps (about 4-6) to hold the inner door panel and gasket onto the outer metal door frame, while the glue dries. Typically, this is done with the fridge door removed from the fridge and takes at least a day once it's installed to glue in it place and fully cure.

In either case, please go to the link below and enter in the model number of your fridge so you can see which type you have and get a line drawing that shows the replacement parts you'll need. You can order them anywhere you wish, it's just very convienent that Sears provides the info for just about all brands of appliances made.

You can find your gasket part at www.searspartsdirect.com by entering in your model number for your unit and looking at the drawings and parts list provided.

Hope you've found this very helpful and best regards!

Posted on Nov 16, 2009

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    Mark Nov 16, 2009

    Sorry, It appears that you did provide a make and model number, in a follow up comment. Unfortunately, with the way Fixya operates, experts aren't able to see any comments from other experts, nor can we see your comments, until AFTER we've posted our answer to your question. Just a little glitch in the system. Anyway, here's a direct link to your model number with a line drawing and parts list.



    http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdir...



    According to the parts list and line drawing, your freezer door does have screws holding the gasket and inner door panel onto the exterior metal door. If you look by rolling back the gasket at the corners, you should see if there are any screws holding your freezer door gasket onto the outer door.



    You might have to look under the inner door panel edge, hence the reason to look at the middle section or corners to make this a bit easier to do. You might have to remove the inner door panel from the gasket first, in order to get at the screws that hold the gasket onto the metal door frame.



    Don't pull on the inner door panel too much, as you really don't want to crack or break it, since your goal is to only remove and replace the gasket. Take your time and you should be able to get it off and replaced.



    Of course, don't remove this until you've got the new one available and then allow plenty of time to do the job, which means getting the fridge and freezer emptied completely, so have plenty of coolers available with lots of ice!



    Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

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Hi

Thanks for using FixYa. You’ll need following tools--

  • putty knife
  • nut driver
  • combination square
  • hair dryer
  • clean towel
  • replacement freezer gasket

Steps/Procedure to replace the gasket:


1. First use the combination square to see if the doors are properly aligned. Measure the gap between the freezer and refrigerator doors at several points, and also check the gap between the freezer door and the side of the appliance.

2. There are screws under the fold of the freezer door gasket that holds the brace for the gasket in place. Lift the rubber gasket to expose the screw head, one section at a time. Just loosen the screw, and do not take it completely out.

3. Take down the model number of your refrigerator and buy a replacement gasket. If the gasket has a kink in it when you remove it from the packaging; you can clean it by heating it with a hair dryer. Use a low-heat setting on the dryer and be careful not to get it too close to the gasket.

4. Continue around the freezer door, unloosening the screw, taking out the old gasket and fitting the new one in. Pull back the lip of the gasket and use a nut driver to free the gasket.

5. Only remove enough nuts to free half the gasket. If you remove them all, the tray inside the door will also come off and it will be difficult to realign everything.

6. Wipe the area clean, and then use a putty knife to slip the new seal under the tray. Once you get it started, work around the gasket into place around the door. Remove and replace the retaining nuts as you go. Pay attention to the corners so they're aligned properly.

7. Check the seal by closing the door. You should have a nice, tight seal.


Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.


Thanks
ylee

Posted on Nov 15, 2009

  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Nov 15, 2009

    Hi


    The procedure i mentioned usually applies for mostly all the refrigerator's freezer. However, i can provide you with model specific information if you can provide me with Brand and model number of the refrigerator.


    Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.

    Thanks
    Rylee

  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Nov 17, 2009

    Hi

    Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved.


    Thanks
    Rylee



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