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Frost inside freezer door

We have a Kenmore freezer over refrigerator., 2.5 years old. Whenever we close the fridge door, the freezer door opens then closes again. I have noticed ice building up along the inside of the freezer and near the gasket where the warm air is getting in. What can I do to prevent this? ( besides train my family to hold the freezer closed as they close the fridge door! LOL!!!) Thanks! Marge

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    Marge Griffin Jun 29, 2008



    Thaks for your help! I never heard of a small heater there. How big is it? or how small? Does it keep the gasket warm and therefore more pliable? Should I clean the gasket? How much is not too expensive?

    thanks again!

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There is a small electric heater along the door gasket where you see the frost building up, this heater has apparently stopped working. this will also cause the door to pop open due to a poor seal. feel around where the door gasket contacts the refrigerator and it should feel a little warm. if not then a service company can replace those heaters. should not be too expensive.

Posted on Jun 28, 2008

  • Mike Durland
    Mike Durland Jun 29, 2008

    it is like a small strip of wire that runs along the edge of the refrigerator. and yes it does keep the gasket more pliable, but most of all it keeps the area from condensing moisture. the part should be less than $30. you can try to clean and defrost the area in the mean time. the door seal has a magnet in it and if it is damaged and the magnet came out then it needs to be replaced. door gasket = $30-$60. 

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