How to Replace a Refrigerator Door Gasket
A defective or split fridge door seal wastes energy expands your electricity bill, and stresses your refrigerator, shortening its life. You likewise risk spoiling your food. Changing the door gasket might be important, yet it is not as difficult procedure as might look at first.
Here, we will answer the following questions:
- How to identify your seal?
- How to measure your seal?
- How to install your seal?
- How to maintain your seal?
How to identify your seal?
Step 1: Cut a cross section of the seal from the top side of the door. This can be replaced until a seal profile seal is identified. Use a sharp implement as some fridge freezer seals have a magnetic strip.
Step 2: Identify the profile by using our door seal sample kit or our website at www.fridgesealsdirect.co.uk.
If you are unable to find a match or are unsure of which profile you have, send us a clear photo of the cross section of the seal via WhatsApp or email.
How to measure a Refrigeration Gasket?
Taking the right measurements is vital when requesting made-to-measure fridge door gaskets. There are three techniques to determine the fridge seal measurements.
Three options to determine measurements:
- Outside-to-Outside (A size)
- Magnet-to-Magnet (B size)
- Dart-to-Dart (Centre-to Centre) (C size)
Option 1: Outside edge-to-Outside edge is the best option if the seal is damaged or cannot be removed from the door easily. This measurement technique can be applied to all fridge gaskets. Fridge Seals Direct suggests taking Outside edge-to-Outside edge measurements while the gasket is still fitted in the fridge door.
Measure from the outer edge of the seal for both the width and height of the seal. Take measurements of the width and height in millimetres and record via the website www.fridgesealsdirect.co.uk.
Option 2: For push-in (dart type) profiles it is possible to measure Centre-to-Centre (Dart-to-Dart). In practice, this means you measure the inside edge of the slot on one side to the outside edge of the slot on the other side. This equals the Dart-to-Dart measurement or C size.
The best option to get correct measurement is to remove the seal and measure centre of grooves indoor. Measure from the centre of the seal for both the width and height of the seal. Take measurements of the width and height in millimetres and record via the website www.fridgesealsdirect.co.uk.
Option 3: Magnet-to-Magnet is measured from outside of the seal magnet to the outside of the seal magnet and is referred to as the B size.
If you are unable to measure refrigerator door seals please contact us and we will help you.
How to install your Fridge or Freezer Seal?
Step 1: Remove the seal from the box
Step 2: Lay onto a clean flat surface
Step 3: Wrinkles and creases can be removed gently by warming the seal under hot water or with a hair dryer as shown
Step 4: Remove old seal
- Dart/Push-In type removal: Gently remove old seal from door or drawer by pulling from the corner of the seal;
- Flap/Lip type removal: Unscrew the seal plate and remove the seal from the door, keep the screws and plate in a safe place;
Step 5: Clean door/drawer and the cabinet face with an approved disinfectant. Leave for 30 secs and wipe dry.
Step 6: Installation.
- Dart/Push-In type installation: Hold seal by its corners to keep the seal from tearing or magnet breaking. Press the seal firmly into the track/grooves to secure the arrowhead/dart.
Tips: Press in the corners first and work your way towards the middle of the door. There may be sagging with longer seals but don’t worry as this will correct itself. Run thumb along the edge of the seal to make sure arrowhead/dart is secure.
- Flip/Lip type seal installation: Place the flap of the seal behind the securing plate. Offer up the seal plate and new seal and screw back onto the door. Test seal is secure by running a thumb along the edge of the seal.
Tips: For Best Results align the plate and new seal with a screw each side of the door first. Be careful, the plate can have sharp edges. Don’t reuse the old/rusty screws.
Common problems if seal doesn’t fit or door doesn’t close.
- Check if correct profile and measurements were ordered and the correct seals were provided;
- Check door is not crooked or bent;
- Cabinet may contain a counter force magnet behind the face (identify by a light grey plastic strip on face of the cabinet).
- Is the seal catching on the hinge side? Check hinges are aligned
If you have any questions or issues with fridge door gasket removal or installation, please feel free to contact us, we will be happy to help you!
How to Maintain your Fridge or Freezer Seal?
1. Clean door seal daily to extend the life of seal
- Proper cleaning will ensure no fat or dirt will get a chance to destroy the material;
- Cleaning regular will improve kitchen and hygiene safety;
- Use a professional fridge seal cleaner or warm soapy water, any other product will damage the PVC material and reduce the life of the seal.
2. Clean all visible dirt
- Remove any visible dirt crumbs etc. with a soft brush;
- Apply professional fridge seal cleaner;
- Wait 30 sec and remove with soft cloth including between folds.
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