Question about Refrigerators
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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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.
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Posted on Nov 15, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Thank you for your post friend.
I understand that you are having intermittent defrost issues with your Frigidaire refrigerator. Are you experiencing an accumulation of ice buildup, are you losing food? Defrost issues can be caused by a variety of things such as a defective defrost heater, thermostat or defective door gasket. I recommend that you visually inspect the door gasket for defects such as gaps or tears. You can also use a dollar bill to test the door gasket. Place a dollar bill in between the door and the body of the freezer. If the dollar bill pulls out with no to little resistance, you may need to replace the door gasket. A faulty door gasket can allow warm air to enter the compartment and cause frost to buildup.
If there is a miscommunication within your freezer, a reset can possibly correct this issue. I recommend that you reset your refrigerator by unplugging it for 10 minutes. I hope this information has been helpful. -NS
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