November 23, 2020

How to replace a door gasket in a French-door refrigerator

How to replace a door gasket in a French-door refrigerator

This DIY repair guide and video shows you how to replace a refrigerator door gasket that presses into a groove or track around the edge of the door on a French-door 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 refrigerator and freezer door gaskets in many Kenmore, Frigidaire, LG and Samsung refrigerators.

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Quick links
Tools required
Hair dryer or heat gun
Petroleum jelly
Phillips screwdriver
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
How to replace a French-door refrigerator door gasket

How to replace the door gasket on a French-door 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: Remove creases in the new door gasket.

    PHOTO: Remove creases in the new door gasket.

  2. 02.

    Remove the refrigerator door gasket

    First, 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.

    If you're replacing the gasket on the door with the flipper mullion and the mullion blocks door gasket removal, remove the flipper mullion.

    Remove the mounting screws from the center mullion bracket.

    Lift the mullion up slightly and release it from its top and bottom mounting brackets.

    Pull the mullion out slightly and disconnect its wire harness.

    Set the flipper mullion aside while you replace the door gasket.

    PHOTO: Remove the refrigerator door gasket.

    PHOTO: Remove the refrigerator door gasket.

    PHOTO: Remove the flipper mullion (if necessary).

    PHOTO: Remove the flipper mullion (if necessary).

  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 will ensure that the new gasket fits easily in the track and seals the door properly.

    PHOTO: Clean the door gasket track.

    PHOTO: Clean the door gasket track.

  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.

    Reinstall the flipper mullion if you pulled it off to remove the gasket.

    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.

    Restore power to the refrigerator.

    Use the same procedure to replace the freezer door gasket.

    PHOTO: Install the new door gasket.

    PHOTO: Install the new 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.

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