We replaced our refrigerator last month. The new one is similar to the old one with a top freezer. A few mornings ago, I woke to find that the freezer door had been partially open overnight, melting everything inside.
On closer examination, I noticed that when I opened the freezer door slightly, it did not swing shut as I expected it to do. The door to the main refrigerator does swing closed when opened slightly, however.
I was going to call to get it looked at but my friend at work said that freezer doors generally don't swing shut like that. Seems though they should. Anyone have an opinion on this?
I also noticed that when the refrigerator door is slammed shut, it sends a burst of air pressure into the freezer which pops the door open slightly. Never noticed that in any prior refrigerators, must be some new OSHA thing.
I always start out level, and then raise the right front adjuster a lot and
the left front adjuster somewhat less so the door closes slowly, but when
it is almost closed it is at the maximum tilt to close either the fridge an
d freezer doors. Saves a lot of wassteeed foodd.
On Monday, August 4, 2014 6:17:41 PM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
nd the left front adjuster somewhat less so the door closes slowly, but whe
n it is almost closed it is at the maximum tilt to close either the fridge
and freezer doors. Saves a lot of wassteeed foodd.
Good idea. The installation instructions call for it to be 1/4 inch higher
in the front than the back, which it is. I'll try adding another 1/4 inch a
nd see what happens.
Fridge and freezer doors don't have any closure mechanism on them except
the magnets in the door gaskets that cause the door to close if the
gasket is close enough to the metal body of the fridge.
As has already been suggested, the easiest way to get the fridge and
freezer doors to swing closed is to adjust the front feet on the fridge
so that the fridge tilts slightly backward. That causes the doors to
swing closed as long as they're less than 90 degrees open.
There are air passage ways between the fridge and the freezer
compartments, so it's normal for the freezer door to be pushed outward
slightly if you slam the fridge door. The vice versa would also be
true, but to a lesser extent cuz of the relative volumes of air in each
Fridge and freezer doors have magnetic gaskets on them, but the magnets
will only be on three sides of the gasket. The hinge side of the gasket
will not have magnets in it.
You will also probably notice that the mullion between the fridge and
freezer doors gets warm to the touch. This is normal. That mullion is
heated to prevent condensation and even frost from forming on that
There are times I want the door to stay open. I don't want self closing
doors. It is easy enough to push them closed when done. I'd not mind
if it stayed open at 90 degrees, but self closed at a lesser point.
I'm impressed. What brand is this? It sounds maybe like they've
actually thought about self-closing.
Maybe a little more on the hinge side than on the non-hinge side.
At first thought, I'd expect you have to put all 4 leg bottoms inthe
same plane or the fridge will rock, but I've never noticed during
adjustment that any settings will make the fridge rock.
Definitely. Neither freezer nor fridge doors come from t he factory set
to swing shut. You have to make it happen.
You have to adjust the legs of the fridge. AFAIK if you get one to
shut the other will too. Or at least if you continue working on the
other after you get the one to shut, you can get the other to shut while
the first one still does.
Now back in Brooklyn, the wall to the side of the fridge kept the door
from opening more than a little past 90 degrees.
But in Baltimore, it could open almost 180 degrees. I think it has
something to do with the humidity here, or angle to magnetic north.
It took a lot longer to get the legs right, maybe an hour, but once I
did, I've been able to move the fridge out from the wall and put it back
again a couple times and everything still worked right. 30 years now, of
not having to bother shutting the fridge or freezer. And what have I
done with that extra time. Nothing important. But at least the doors
P.S. It won't shut from 180 degrees, I think that's impossible, but it
shuts from 95 or 100 degrees, maybe a little more.
The front legs get shorter if you screw them in, longer if you unscrew
them. I doubt the back legs are adjustable, don't think I ever looked.
It's so if you and your refrigerator are in space, the fridge will be
air tight and can be used as a rescue vehicle.
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