A refrigerator door gasket serves the purpose of containing the cool air while keeping the warm air out. Over time gaskets get warn out and becomes less effective, leading to bigger bills and wasted energy. If you replace your warn gasket, you will end up saving money in the long run. It will take less energy for your unit to keep cool due to the fact that the air won’t be able to enter and escape as easily.
The only tools you will need to complete this repair are: a hex head nut driver, petroleum jelly and of course, a new gasket. If you need to purchase a door gasket, you can find them on our website here: http://www.appliance-parts-experts.com/refrigerator-gasket.html
1. Remove The Old Gasket: Grab the gasket’s inner flange and then pull back so that the metal gasket retainer can be seen. Loosen the retainer screws around the outside of the door with a hex head nut driver and then gently pull the gasket off.
2. Instate The Replacement Gasket: Beginning with one of the corners at the top, start by fastening the gasket behind the metal retainer and continuing until it goes all the way around. When you are finished, use your hex nut driver to slightly tighten the gasket retainer screws. Close the door and check to make sure everything is properly aligned. If you need to, make any needed adjustments, and then tighten the screws completely once everything is in place.
3. Petroleum Jelly: To prevent the gasket from dragging, put a thin layer of petroleum jelly on it going around the hinge side.