i've got a rental home that the tenant told me that the refrig door
seal that goes around the inside door perimeter is separating at one
bottom corner. It is in the bottom corner where the door handle is
located above. If it matters the refrig is about 4 to 5 yrs old and I
think a GE.
Is there any special glue that will fasten the back of this seal to
the door perimeter well enough to take the tension when the door is
opening or does the seal need replacement? I have not really seen
this seal close up.
If its tearing, it's probably brittle and not sealing properly. It needs
to be replaced-- an easy job. Also, they're much cheaper if you buy one
from a local appliance parts place rather than from the refrigerator
dealer or manufacturer.
Do you mean separating from itself? Cracking and opening? Or
separating from the door?
Oh, from the door. Absolutely. I think for this, I might use
5-minute epoxee in the syringe. I guess epoxee glue alsmost always
comes in a syringe now instead of just two separate tubes. It might
not stick so well to straight vinyl but I think in back of the gasket
there is some stuff that's not vinyl. If I'm wrong, the GE silicone
sticks to vinyl, I think.
Note that the cap is only meant to go on one way, but if you try to
put it on the other way, you'll mix a little of the A with the B and a
little of the B with the A and ruin every
But they are still expensive, right? I only saw a price for the
universal gasket, that one has to (partially) cut himself into four
attached pieces. And it was 60 dollars or so iirc. Strikes me as a
Written when I thought separate meant split open:
What would make a 4 or 5 yo gasket start to separate? I think mine
was 20+ years old before it started.
BTW, if it's not brittle or it's sealing sufficiently, I woudl try
some white or clear GE silicone (not because it's also GE!, but
because they make it.) I wouldn't fill up the inside because then it
won't compress enough, as much as the rest of hte gasket, when the
door is shut, and it will hold the door open.
Is the tenant just notifying you or does he want it fixed? Is it
leaking cold air out, hot air in, or if not, would he tolerate your
not fixing it at all? Would he use that as license to not to take
good care of the house himself? My gasket is split on the outside for
a 5 or 6 inches, but in one piece on the inside. No air gets in or
out, and I don't think conduction transfers any heat either. I
haven't priced a new gasket locally, but I plan too now. Still, other
than pristine appearance, I don't think I'm losing anything.
I have used silicon rubber to rebuild/fix a torn gasket. Just use a
piece of saran wrap wherever the silicon would touch something that
you do not want it to stick. You can peel the saran wrap off after
the subber ddddcures.
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