A fridge door sticking or a sticking freezer door is not usually caused by a faulty or damaged gasket. Often when the gasket is damaged, your door won’t seal at all. Your freezer might stick shut temporarily due to dirt or spills, ice buildup or the normal functioning of the freezer’s vacuum system.
What causes a refrigerator door to stick?
Cause: Air inside a fridge or freezer “shrinks” as it gets colder. This can sometimes create suction, which makes open the door difficult. If the door is closed quickly or slammed shut, air will be forced out and it may take several minutes for the vacuum to be released, after which the door can be opened normally.
Why is my fridge door difficult to open?
The fridge door can sometimes be difficult to open if you have just closed it. This is due to warm entering the fridge when the door was opened, this air then contracts as it cools down and this creates a vacuum. Once the pressure has equalised you should find the door easier to open.
How do I fix the suction on my freezer door?
Try rubbing a small amount of vaseline on the hinge side freezer door gasket to keep it from folding inwards and help it to keep a seal. If the gasket is deformed in one area, you can attempt to use a hair dryer to reshape it and make it more pliable so it can seal properly but use caution.
Why my fridge door is not closing properly?
Check inside the refrigerator to ensure there aren’t any food containers, open crisper drawers or misaligned shelves that could keep the door from closing properly. … If the door still fails to shut tightly, check the door gaskets. Clean the refrigerator door gaskets with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth.
How can I stop my fridge door from sticking?
If you want to prevent a sticking door, use a thin coat of paraffin wax after cleaning your freezer door and gasket instead.
How do I stop my refrigerator door from sticking?
If your doors are always hard to open:
- Try rubbing paraffin wax or petroleum jelly along the edges of the entire gasket. Paraffin wax is used for canning and is safe for use around food.
- Do not use candle wax as it may contain chemicals that are not safe for use around food.
How do I reduce the vacuum on my freezer door seal?
The easiest way is to turn the temperature up inside the freezer by a couple of degrees. This additional heat will expand the air inside somewhat, which should increase the pressure to the point where the door can be opened.
Why won’t my freezer door open?
In these situations, warm air inside the freezer compartment is rapidly cooled. Since cold air takes up less space than warm air, negative pressure (i.e., suction) results. This can make the door very difficult to open until the negative pressure is relieved.
How do you Remagnetize a refrigerator door?
To re-magnetize your fridge door seal, run a magnet 50 times along each side of each gasket, always going in the same direction. That will re – magnetize the strips and restore the seal of the door. Doing this every few years will keep a tight seal on your fridge door.