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The freezer door on our GE side by side fridge does not shut tightly in the center of the door causing a frost and ice build-up on the outside of the door, ( in the inside edges. We have been told that either the door or the center bracket in the unit is warped. The fridage is seven years old. Is this a realistic diagnosis?

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There are ways to adjust the hinges, and loosening the screws on the plastic door liner will allow you to "warp" to door a little bit in an effort to get it to line up flat and square to the opening. Sometimes the gasket gets folded up on the hinge side and won't let the door close properly. If you try these adjustments and the door just can't be fitted nicely, you have a serious ploblem. Use something straight to see if the cabinet is warped or if it is the door that is warped.

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