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Door difficult to open

We have a 700TCI 2 Series fridge/freezer. The fridge door has become difficult to open. A vacuum appears to be created inside the fridge compartment. Excessive pulling force is needed to open the door - in fact my wife cannot open the door but I can. To establish that a vacuum is being created inside the fridge I placed a thin self-adhesive pad on the magnetic door seal surface. That made the door easy to open BUT presumably cannot be left in place. What is causing the door to be difficult to open?

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  • accarver Nov 09, 2008

    Model 601 R/F. We have the same issue with our door, it takes about 30 seconds after closing the door for the vacuum to dissipate. The vacuum is so strong that we move the whole fridge if we try to open it too soon. The vacuum seems to be getting stronger with time, at least it takes longer before we can open the door. This unit is only 4 years old. We love this fridge and have had no other problems since we plugged it in.

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Simple fix! A small puddle of water near the fridge led me (indirectly) to this fix. Our model is a fridge only, no ice or water dispenser and nothing spilled inside. Upon closer inspection I found a narrow tray along the back wall above the crisper drawers with a drain hose leading under the unit. Apparently it's a condensate drain, a plugged one at that! I cleaned it out, yuk, and soon discovered it serves a dual purpose... as a vent to help relieve the pressure from the vacuum created immediately after closing the door. It has renewed our love affair with this fridge. Hoo Hoo!

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