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I went on vacation for 6 days and when I left the seal on the refridgerator was not firm... I returned home last night to a warm refridge, spoiled food, fridge motor on. I turned to supercool, no response. I have not turned the refridgerator off. Freezer was sealed and is fine. How do I fix this?

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If your refrigerator door is leaking, it can wreak havoc on your electric bill. While there are many of the parts of a fridge that seem too complicated to fix for the average homeowner, replacing the refrigerator door seal is a fairly easy do-it-yourself job that can save you money.

Before You Get Started
Before you order your new seal, take a quick moment to inspect the door liner under the seal. If the liner is cracked you will need to replace that as well, as the door seal will not seal properly

Buying and Sizing
Refrigerator door seals can be found at almost any major home improvement or hardware store. You can also find them online. No matter which route you choose, buy a factory seal that will fit your brand of refrigerator. Be sure you write down the correct model number before you make the purchase. When it comes time to repair, make sure that you have the right part by holding it up against the old door seal and making sure they are the same size.

As with any project involving sealing, make sure that all the surfaces you are working with are clean by using warm, soapy water. You may also want to soak the new seal in hot water to make it more flexible when it’s time to install. Make sure all surfaces are dry before proceeding.

Make sure the refrigerator is level.

Loosen the screws by lifting the edges of the seal. These screws hold the liner and the seal together. Loosen just a few at a time. DO NOT take the screws all the way out, as this will allow the door liner to fall out and make more work for you.

Pull the old gasket out. It should easily slide out from behind the plastic liner.

Attach the new gasket by slipping the small lip of the new door seal behind the plastic liner. Once you start attaching the seal you can start tightening the screws. Do not tighten them all the way. It is best to start in the corners. Check the alignment as you continue to tighten the screws, as well as checking that the seal is straight.

Rub some baby powder around the hinge corners of the door seal and where the seal slides to prevent sticking

Small gaps and wrinkles will generally work themselves out over a few days, but can sometimes be removed with a hair dryer.

Check Your Work
To test your seal, use the dollar bill test. Close the refrigerator door on a dollar bill and gently pull. You should feel a slight resistance as you try to remove the dollar bill from the seal. Repeat this around the door. If you do not feel a slight pull on the dollar, the door is not sealing properly.

Posted on Jul 03, 2010

  • mariahemming Jul 03, 2010

    Forgot to mention that I closed the door and it sealed but will not cool. Yes seal is a problem in that these Liebherr's do not seem to seal automatically. they need the extra pressure. But fridge is sealed not...but no cooling.

    Problem is not cooling with motor on, so turned motor off.

  • Sanyade Akinwale
    Sanyade Akinwale Jul 04, 2010


    First thing- set the controls at the mid range of their settings. Next, check the coils under the fridge to see if they are clogged with dust, etc. Next, using a couple stem thermometers, determine the temps in the fridge and fresh food sections. In the fresh food section, place a tall glass of water on a shelf in the middle, put the thermometer in and let it set for awhile in the fridge. Inside the fresh food section, look for the damper opening at the top of the wall in between the two sections. Wet the back of your fingers- can you feel air blowing through the damper opening? Inside the fridge section, look at the back wall- any frost buildup there?

    Hope this solution helpout....



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