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How to install a refrigerator door gasket.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Appropriate refrigerator gasket replacement
driver (handheld or battery-operated, such as the
battery-operated Bosch Litheon Pocket Driver)
Over the course of the use of your refrigerator,
your refrigerator's door gasket may wear out or otherwise require
replacement. Virtually all refrigerators are designed to make
replacing a door gasket a relatively simple task.
Caution: When dealing with any device that requires electrical
power, make sure you take precautions before you work on it,
including disconnecting the power.
Installing a refrigerator door gasket replacement can be
done in a few steps,
and here's how:
foremost, prepare the refrigerator for the door gasket
replacement: Disconnect the power to the refrigerator (by
unplugging its plug), and remove any food that currently occupies
the door shelving that protrudes or otherwise gets in your way
of replacing the existing refrigerator gasket with a new one.
Next, to get to the
metal retainer that secures the rubber gasket to the
refrigerator door, you'll need to use your hands to get
underneath the movable rubber flap of the rubber gasket.
Once you get your hands to lift up the flap of the gasket in
order to expose the metal retainer, use either a socket driver, nut
driver or screwdriver to loosen the screws that go through such
a metal retainer that acts as a means of securing the gasket to
the door. Go down the line of the metal retainer screws in
loosening them (i.e., the screws) until the gasket becomes loose enough, itself, to
be completely removed from the refrigerator door.
Important: All you need to do is loosen the metal retainer
screws that hold the refrigerator gasket in place; you should not
need to completely unscrew and remove such screws.
With the old
refrigerator gasket removed, now you are ready to start
installing the refrigerator gasket replacement: Starting
on the top of the door with your gasket replacement in hand,
carefully insert the flap of the gasket under the metal retainer
rim of the top of the door liner and continue the insertion of this gasket flap all around
metal retainer rim, on all sides of the door liner, until
the whole refrigerator gasket has been placed along the whole
perimeter of the door. Make sure that this refrigerator
gasket replacement is securely and evenly in place on all sides
of the door liner.
With either a socket
driver, nut driver or screwdriver, next tighten the middle screw
of the top and bottom sides of the metal retainer (which is the
metal retainer of the top and bottom sides of the refrigerator
door whose gasket is being replaced), and then continue on with
tightening all remaining screws that are located along the
perimeter of the door liner that go through the metal retainer.
The tightening of the screws of the metal retainer should just
be adequate enough to secure the gasket in place.
Finally, put back
any food in the door shelving of the refrigerator that you may
have first removed, and reconnect the power to the refrigerator
(by plugging its plug).
That's how to change the refrigerator door
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