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Refrigerator Gasket

Replace your refrigerator gasket on your own.

A cracked or worn refrigerator gasket wastes energy and it costs you a lot of money. But, replacing it is easy. Just follow these simple steps to replace yours.

  1. Write down your model number and purchase a new gasket at your local hardware or appliance store.
  2. Put food that is in your refrigerator in a cooler. You’re going to have the fridge door open for a while so better safe than sorry.
  3. You need to do a little prep work on the new gasket before you install it. Heat the gasket to work out the kinks. I little trick is to use your clothes dryer, warm water, or a hairdryer. This will soften the rubber.
  4. Now, lift the old gasket lip up so you can see how it is attached to the fridge. You will most likely need to loosen some retaining nuts or screws. Don’t take them all the way out, just loosen them a couple to of turns so you can start to remove the gasket from the door.
  5. Starting in one corner, line the new gasket to the door, then carefully work your way around removing the old and securing the new as you go.

This should save you lots of energy and also help to preserve your food and your health.

Bob Beisbier, owner of BK Home Inspections, is a Certified Master Home Inspector who has been providing professional and thorough home inspections in southeast Wisconsin for over 12 years. Bob is Infrared certified, DILHR Certified, and provides Home Energy Tune-ups, Environmental Data Reports, Pre-sale Home Inspections and Pre-offer Home Inspections.