December 8, 2020

How to replace a door gasket in a top-freezer refrigerator

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a door gasket in a top-freezer refrigerator

This DIY repair guide shows you how to replace a refrigerator door gasket that presses into a groove around the edge of the door on a top-freezer refrigerator.

The door gasket, often called a door seal, seals the gap around the door to keep the cold air in and the warm air out. Signs that the refrigerator gasket needs to be replaced include excessive frost buildup and reduced cooling. Replace the gasket if it’s worn, cracked or torn.

This repair procedure works for replacing the refrigerator and freezer door gaskets in many Kenmore, Frigidaire, LG and Samsung refrigerators.

If you have a different door gasket, check out these repair guides and videos:

Quick links
Tools required
Hair dryer or heat gun
Petroleum jelly
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
How to replace the door gasket in a top-freezer refrigerator

How to replace the door gasket in a top-freezer refrigerator

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Remove creases in the new door gasket

    To smooth creases and folds in the door gasket, soak it in warm water and dry with a towel. Or carefully warm it with a hair dryer or heat gun on a low setting.

    Be careful not to melt the gasket.

    Tip: Heating some door gaskets causes them to expand. Allow the gasket to cool before installation if it seems too big for the door after heating.
    PHOTO: Smooth out door gasket crases.

    PHOTO: Smooth out door gasket crases.

  2. 02.

    Remove the refrigerator door gasket

    First, turn off or unplug the refrigerator or shut off the circuit breaker for the refrigerator.

    Pull the gasket out of the track. Starting at one of the corners is usually easiest. You may need to tug the gasket firmly to get the removal process started. If you have a difficult time starting at a corner, pull the gasket out starting in a spot halfway down the side of the door.

    Once you get the removal process started, you should be able to pull the gasket out fairly easily.

    PHOTO: Remove the door gasket.

    PHOTO: Remove the door gasket.

  3. 03.

    Clean the track in the refrigerator door

    Using a wet cloth, wipe any spills from inside and around the track.

    Cleaning the track ensures that the new gasket fits easily in the track and seals the door properly.

    PHOTO: Clean the door gasket groove.

    PHOTO: Clean the door gasket groove.

  4. 04.

    Install the new gasket

    Starting at the top of the door, work the new door gasket into the track. Work your way down both sides of the door and across the bottom. Check for loose spots and adjust the gasket as needed for a proper fit.

    Spread a thin coat of petroleum jelly along the sealing surface of the door gasket to help the new gasket seal properly.

    Close the door and check the fit. The door gasket should fit tightly against the cabinet and door with no gaps showing. Smooth out any creases that cause gaps. Push the door gasket further into the track to eliminate gaps.

    Turn the refrigerator back on or restore power to the refrigerator.

    Use the same procedure to replace the freezer door gasket.

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.

Symptoms common to all refrigerators

Choose a symptom to see related refrigerator repairs.

Main causes: water valve leaking, frozen or broken defrost drain tube, overflowing drain pan, cracked water system tubing, leaking door seal
Main causes: damaged door seal, faulty defrost sensor or bi-metal thermostat, broken defrost heater, bad defrost timer or control board
Main causes: blocked vents, defrost system problems, evaporator fan failure, dirty condenser coils, bad sensors, condenser fan not working
Main causes: jammed ice cubes, broken ice maker assembly, dirty water filter, kinked water line, bad water valve, freezer not cold enough
Main causes: leaky door gasket, defrost system failure, evaporator fan not running, dirty condenser coils, condenser fan not running
Things to do: clean condenser coils, replace the water filter, clean the interior, adjust doors to prevent air leaks, clean the drain pan
Main causes: control board or cold control failure, broken compressor start relay, compressor motor failure, defrost timer problems
Main causes: blocked air vents, compressor problems, condenser or evaporator fan not working, control system failure, sensor problems

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