How To Fix Your Fridge Door
Your fridge door is opened and closed many times per day, that’s a given particularly if you are home all day. This is especially true if you have a big family, and even more so when we’re at home more – such as on weekends and during recent lockdowns we have experienced in Melbourne.
Now, what happens when the door won’t close properly? You risk the spoiling the food inside and it’s likely to cause you much frustration. The good news is, we’re here to help! Here are some tips on what to check and how to fix your fridge door that won’t close before you call an appliance repair technician.
Is something blocking the door?
This is the most obvious, but sometimes, we might miss something small! Look around the fridge to see if something is sticking out that stops it from closing. Sometimes it could be a container that’s protruding on the shelf and touching something in the fridge door. If there is nothing you can see that’s where it should be, here are some more things to check.
Clean your fridge gasket.
You might not like doing it, but it’s important to clean your refrigerator! It’s easy to forget or put it off until later when you’re busy. But just like the rest of your home needs a clean, so does your fridge.
While most of the focus is on the inside of the fridge and the shelves, the rubber seal on the door is one such place you want to also take note to clean. Also known as the gasket, the rubber seal is responsible for sealing in the cold air, so food stays fresh.
To clean the refrigerator gasket, it’s best to do regularly so a build-up doesn’t occur such as mould. If done every quarter, a simple wipe down with warm soapy water will do the trick, ensuring you get into all the nooks and small spaces.
If your door doesn’t closer properly and the rubber seal isn’t working as it should, start with the warm soapy water and wipe down with a cloth. Remember to spread the rubber out to cover all areas when cleaning.
After this use a mix of 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda and 3 cups of warm water. Be sure to rinse all residue off the seals with warm water so it doesn’t form cavities of dried paste within the seal. It’s also important to use a dry cloth to wipe any liquid off before finishing.
If you have mould or food stains, an antibacterial hydrogen peroxide can work. This can easily remove stains and odours. Again, be sure to wipe clean with warm water and dry once done.
Stay away from anything harsh such a bleach, petroleum distillate or ammonia solutions. These can erode the rubber.
If your fridge rubber seals need replacing, our technicians can do this for you.
Don’t ignore the door hinges.
The hinges on the door might not be something that comes to mind first when you are looking at why your fridge door won’t close. They could be the reason your door is not shutting properly. These should also be cleaned and well looked after.
If your door hinges need replacing, our technicians are here to help.
Check the fridge door magnet.
So, the fridge gasket/rubber seals are clean, nothing is blocking the door from closing and the door hinges are all good. What’s next?
Let’s look at the fridge door magnet.
The rubber seal has a thin magnetic strip embedded inside. This magnet assists in the seal fastening to the metal cabinet frame and what makes these seals work so well.
If your seal is not connecting, the gasket may have become de-magnetised. In this case, you will need to have the rubber seal re-magnetised or replaced.
Adjust the fridge base position.
If your fridge door won’t close or seal properly, it could be that the floor or the feet/base are uneven. The positioning of your fridge is important, and as such it should always be level.
To check if it’s level, open the door and let go. The door should gently swing shut when properly aligned. Gravity will do this for you!
To realign the door, determine which side is higher with a carpenter’s level, also know as a spirit/bubble level. This is designed to indicate if a surface is horizontal (level) or vertical (plumb). There are also many free apps you can use on your phone.
The fridge legs may be behind the front leg cover which may require a screwdriver to remove to you can see and adjust the legs. It’s always good to consult your user manual as all fridges are different.
Once you have found which side is higher, you can adjust the base legs at the front until you get the fridge level. Level the fridge front to back.
You only want to make minor adjustments. Also remember to put the cover back on if you have one.
Our Fridge Repair Technicians Can Help
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