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Molding Refrig Gaskets


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#1 3ringcircus

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 09:15 AM

Replaced the gaskets for frig and bottom freezer diligently putting the new gaskets in the dryer and using the hair dryer to soften it up, but...I still have significant gaps.  The gasket is on straight, the door is square, but the gaps coincide with areas where the gaskets was squeezed so that it's effectively thinner and causing a gap.

Should I apply more heat via the hair dryer?  Make the gasket puff out in that spot using a little bit of cardboard behind the gasket?  Other magic?

(Also, the original gasket had a magnetic strip, but the replacement I got doesn't.  Seems that that is a significant downgrade, but it was listed as OEM.)


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Posted 01 November 2008 - 09:23 AM

Try heating these areas with your blow dryer or steamer till warm and plyable, then pull the areas out with your fingers, then close the door so the gasket is against the metal of the cabinet and let it cool in this position with the door closed for an hour or so to see if it will re-form and seal..
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Posted 01 November 2008 - 10:27 AM

Excellent - that seemed to work - a bit more persuasion and heat did the trick.  I'll check back tonight and see that it holds.

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 10:32 AM

If the original has magnets enclosed in the gasket then so will the replacements. perhaps it cannot be seen or felt, if the magnet strips were not inside the gasket it would not stay closed against the metal of the cabinet...nor reform like we are doing now......glad it seems to be working for you....:cool:
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