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Refrigerator/freezer My top Freezer door pops open everytime I shut my refrigerator door and its causing my freezer to accumulate ice and my foods to thaw. What can be done? I've tried to tighten up the screws on the top hinge and clean the magnets around the door. Nothing helps. what else can I do?

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Thank You very much for your quick response to my request for advice. I have solved the problem by placeing 2 metal washers on the bottom hinge of the top freezer door. Now the door seems to close tightly, and the freezer is working fine. Thank you again. Housewife from southern New Jersey.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

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