February 1, 2015

How to replace a freezer lid gasket

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a freezer lid gasket

This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the lid gasket on a freezer. The lid gasket keeps warm, moist air out of the freezer. If the lid gasket is torn or damaged, thick frost forms on the food and inner freezer walls. Replace a damaged or torn lid gasket with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

These steps show how to replace the lid gasket on Kenmore, Frigidaire, Gibson, Crosley, White-Westinghouse and Kelvinator chest freezers.

Quick links
Tools required
Slot screwdriver
Phillips screwdriver
Petroleum jelly
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Shut off the power

    Unplug the freezer or shut off the circuit breaker for the freezer. Safely store any food that could deteriorate while the freezer is shut off for this repair.

    Tip: Soak the new gasket in warm water to smooth out the creases created during shipment. You can also use a heat gun or hair dryer on a low heat setting to remove creases in the gasket.
  2. 02.

    Remove the lid gasket

    Raise the freezer lid.

    Fold the inside lip of the gasket back to access the screws and clips that secure the gasket to the freezer lid.

    Remove the screws from the gasket.

    Use a slot screwdriver to pry the plastic clips out of the gasket.

    Pull the gasket and inner lid liner off of the outer lid panel.

    Remove the gasket from the inner lid liner.

    Raise the freezer lid.

    Raise the freezer lid.

    Fold the lid gasket back to access the screws.

    Fold the lid gasket back to access the screws.

    Remove the screws.

    Remove the screws.

    Pry out the gasket clips.

    Pry out the gasket clips.

    Remove the lid gasket.

    Remove the lid gasket.

  3. 03.

    Install the new lid gasket

    Position the new gasket around the inner lid liner.

    Position the inner lid liner and the gasket on the outer lid panel and line up the mounting holes.

    Reinstall the screws and clips to secure the new gasket and inner lid liner to the outer lid panel.

    Install the lid gasket.

    Install the lid gasket.

    Reinstall the gasket screws.

    Reinstall the gasket screws.

  4. 04.

    Check the new lid gasket for a proper seal

    Lower the lid and check the new gasket for a proper seal. You should not see any gaps between the lid gasket and the top edge of the freezer cabinet when the lid is shut.

  5. 05.

    Lubricate the new lid gasket

    Coat the new lid gasket lightly with petroleum jelly, which helps the lid close smoothly and protects the lid gasket from wear.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

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Main causes: lack of power, bad compressor, refrigerant leak, bad thermistor, defrost system failure, dirty condenser coils, control failure
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Main causes: compressor failure, no refrigerant, faulty sensor, control failure, broken defrost heater, bad defrost bi-metal thermostat
Main causes: excessive frost, bad defrost heater, bad defrost bi-metal, control system failure, low refrigerant charge, compressor problems

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