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.
Hair dryer or heat gun
30 minutes or less
30 minutes or less
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the temperature in your refrigerator doesn't match the temperature you set, the problem could be the temperature control board—a service technician can give you a definite diagnosis. If the board is at fault, follow these steps to replace it yourself.