I have an Amana side by side fridge - freezer unit. It is about 9
The fridge door doesn't shut very well, and needs to be pushed shut to
tight seal. (It used to self shut quite nicely.)
What (other than age) causes this and can it easily be remedied, or is
a sign that's it's time?
Things to look for:
Check the door frame bottom for any signs of rubbing from the bottom of
the shelf on the door. This can happen sometimes at the lower shelf, by
loading it to kingdom come with lots heavy items.
Check for alignment, and how the door itself closes, and meets the body
of the fridge. The soor could've sagged a bit over time, and one, or
both hinges may need to be loosened, the door lifted, and the hinges
Again, look for evidence of rubbing.
How does the door open, and close? Does it feel smooth, effortless when
swinging back, and forth? Try a drop, or two of some good lube oil at
the hinge pins, and see if this helps?
I assume the gasket is in good shape. Not crushed, torn or dried out in
areas. The magnets in the gasket should pull the gasket and make it
expand as it approached the frig frame. If has dry areas, it won't
Another possibility is the door is twisted.
Assuming freezer on left and hinges on the left side of that door, is it
not sealing at the upper or lower corner on the handle side? I've seen
repair people just grab the two corners on the and give it a good twist
as the some doors are made to flex (or just plain cheap). I tried it
once. It worked.
Disclaimer: Yours may not be designed for this. You could #%*@ it up
worse or crack something.
An appliance serviceman was interviewed on the radio some time
back, and said that by far the most common reason for this is
that the fridge case has twisted. Usually due to improper
levelling or the floor has sagged a bit. Cases on appliances
aren't very rigid, and can distort quite a bit.
Was visiting a friend last summer, and they were having the same
problem with a fridge after moving into their new home.
Remembering the radio program, I tried fiddling with the levelling
feet. A couple of minutes later, it was working perfectly.
The serviceman did say that sometimes the case will acquire a "set",
and you may have to overcompensate and wait a few days for it to
You can try twisting it, but it's better to let it do it's own
thing once you've corrected the levelling problem.
Another possibility may be that the hinges have slipped (if there's
slack built into the hinges).
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
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