Model #59678574802 KENMORE ELITE Bottom-Mount Refrigerator

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Q:

How do I change/replace the door seals/gasket on my Kenmore Bottom mount Refrigerator

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I think its great that you are wanting to do some repairs on your own and I will be happy to help. I did some research and I was able to find a link that will guide you with your project. I hope this helps with the door seal repairs while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
August 25, 2012
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Hi,

Thank you for your question. It is concerning when the refrigerator is not functioning correctly. The door seal replacement is not hard but you will need to do some work before replacing the seals.
Store the food elsewhere, and unplug the refrigerator. Remove the door by removing the top hinge. Open the door carefully and remove off the bottom hinge and lay the door on a table or on the floor on a blanket or cover. Remove the screw holding the inner door panel to the outer panel. Place the new gasket in a tub of hot water and place it where it is on a flat surface where it can be smoothed out and al the wrinkles removed from it. When that is done install the new gasket onto the outer door panel and reinstall the inner door panel to the outer door panel.
Reinstall the door on the lower hinge and close the door, this will hold the door in position when reinstalling the upper door hinge.

I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance please include more details in a reply below this entry.

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Bill__W -
Sears Technician
August 27, 2012
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I have a Kenmore model 59678574802 and must also replace the door gaskets. Is there any way to accomplish this without disassembling the refrigerator?

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Anonymous -
January 01, 2013
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Without taking off the door It will be very hard on the hinge side. I would recommend that the new gasket be heated up and laid out flat so the wrinkles and indentations can be smothed out. I would still recommend the door be removed for ease of placement of the new gasket. Good Luck with it.

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Bill__W -
Sears Technician
January 02, 2013
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Bill, I understand your recommendations, but how do I physically change the gasket. Is it just to rip out the old one and somehow push the new one in, or is there some other method to accomplish this?

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Anonymous -
January 02, 2013
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Ok start at one of the corners and lift up on the gasket until it is out of the channel and lift and slowly peel away, lifting and peeling. That is whay a warm gasket will go on more easily.

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Bill__W -
Sears Technician
January 02, 2013
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I surmise that I then have to align the gasket to one of the corners of the door and then push it into the channel. Is there some tool that will help me accomplish this without damaging the gasket?

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Anonymous -
January 02, 2013
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That is correct. Start from one of the corners and there is only a warm streachy gasket to install. I always soak the gasket in hot water and lay it out flat to get the wrinkles out before installing it.

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Bill__W -
Sears Technician
January 02, 2013
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Refrigerator door gaskets

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It is very important to have the door gaskets installed correctly. I found some information for you that I am really hoping will help you. I am adding the link below to help you with your question while you wait for your expert response. It may take 24-48 hours. I do hope that this will help install the door gaskets.

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Marc -
December 21, 2012
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I understand how difficult it can be to replace refrigerator door gaskets. I see another expert provided the instructions. I located a video that can help you through this challenging job. You can view here; Video . Please let us know if further help is needed. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Barbara H. -
Sears Technician
December 22, 2012
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Door gaskets on Kenmore model # 59678574802

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Replacing the gaskets on the Kenmore refrigerator can be difficult, but experts on managemylife.com can make it bearable. A similar question has been asked and answered in the link provided below. Hope this helps while waiting on additional information.

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Anna T -
December 19, 2012
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Thank you for asking this question and allow me to answer it this way.

The door seal replacement is not hard but you will need to do some work before replacing the seals. Store the food elsewhere, and unplug the refrigerator.
Always unplug or de-energize electrical equipment before removing covers or attempting service. Be careful and wear appropriate hand protection when working around sharp metal parts.
You may want to tape the door to the cabinet until the top hinge is removed. Remove the door by removing the top hinge. Open the door carefully and remove off the bottom hinge and lay the door on a table or on the floor on a blanket or cover. Remove the screw holding the inner door panel to the outer panel. Place the new gasket in a tub of hot water and place it where it is on a flat surface where it can be smoothed out and al the wrinkles removed from it. When that is done install the new gasket onto the outer door panel and reinstall the inner door panel to the outer door panel. Reinstall the door on the lower hinge and close the door, this will hold the door in position when reinstalling the upper door hinge. I hope this answer is useful and that it helps you correct the problem with your appliance.
Thank you for using ManageMyLife.

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Bill__W -
Sears Technician
December 21, 2012
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