July 20, 2015

How to replace a refrigerator door gasket

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a refrigerator door gasket

This DIY repair guide shows how to replace the refrigerator door gasket, which also is called a door seal. The gasket is the rubbery strip that seals the space around the edge of the door to keep warm air out of the refrigerator. Signs that the refrigerator gasket needs to be replaced include excessive frost buildup and reduced cooling. Replace the gasket if it’s worn, dangling, cracked or torn, using the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

This procedure can be used to replace door gaskets on Kenmore, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, GE, KitchenAid, Maytag, Amana, Gibson, Crosley and Haier refrigerators.

Quick links
Tools required
Hair dryer or heat gun
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Shut off the power

    Safely store any food that could deteriorate while the refrigerator is shut off for this repair. Then unplug the refrigerator or shut off the circuit breaker for the refrigerator.

  2. 02.

    Remove the gasket

    Carefully pull the panels apart slightly and remove the existing gasket.  Pull out the door gasket.

    Tip: Some models have screws holding the gasket to the door panels.
  3. 03.

    Remove wrinkles and creases

    To smooth creases and folds in the gasket, soak it in warm water and let it dry. Or carefully warm it with a hair dryer or heat gun on a low setting. Be careful not to melt the gasket. 

  4. 04.

    Install the new gasket

    Starting at the top of the door, work the lip of the new door gasket into the gap between the inner and outer door panels. Work your way down both sides of the door and across the bottom. Check for loose spots. Work the new gasket into the gap between the panels.

  5. 05.

    Restore electrical power

    Plug in the refrigerator or turn on the house circuit breaker to restore power.

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: jammed ice cubes, broken ice maker assembly, dirty water filter, kinked water line, bad water valve, freezer not cold enough
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: blocked vents, defrost system problems, evaporator fan failure, dirty condenser coils, bad sensors, condenser fan not working
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
Main causes: damaged door seal, faulty defrost sensor or bi-metal thermostat, broken defrost heater, bad defrost timer or control board
Main causes: leaky door gasket, defrost system failure, evaporator fan not running, dirty condenser coils, condenser fan not running
Main causes: water valve leaking, frozen or broken defrost drain tube, overflowing drain pan, cracked water system tubing, leaking door seal

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By Lyle Weischwill
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The door gasket seals the gap around the door to keep the cold air in and the warm air out. It’s easy to replace a worn or torn gasket.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Time required
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