Hi, it’s Steve from PartSelect. Today we’re going to show you how to change
the fresh food door gasket on your refrigerator. It’s a really easy job. You probably won’t need any tools, but just
have a putty knife handy, just in case. Let me show you how we do it. Now, to do this repair, it’s not necessary
to remove the door from the refrigerator, although we would suggest that you remove
any of the items from the shelves on the door because you will be manhandling the door and
we don’t want to upset anything. The gasket that is currently on your door
is just a friction fit and it’s hiding underneath this channel on the inner door panel. It’s a matter of pulling that away from that
channel. This is where the putty knife may come in
handy just to get it started. Just going between the outer door panel and
the gasket, not too deep, just enough to free that up. Then, pull firmly on it until you get it started,
and then just work your way all the way around the perimeter of the door. Use caution in the corner so that we don’t
crack that inner door panel. Just pull straight out on that gasket, all
the way around. You’ll note the little rib on the gasket that
fits into this plastic channel. You may get some foam that comes out with
it. That’s fine. We’ll take the putty knife afterwards, run
it in this area, and just clean out any excess. Just continue to work your way around the
perimeter of that door panel. Keeping in mind, pull straight away from the
liner so that we don’t peel it up on it and potentially break it. Just keep pulling it straight out. Now, once we’ve got that pulled out of that
gap, we can remove the old gasket and discard it. Now just take the putty knife, go around that
edge, and clean out any excess pieces of styrofoam that may have got pulled out. It’s also a good time to clean around that
liner. Just beyond the bottom, you’ll find that there’s
typically some food spills in that area. Make sure that that channel is nice and clear
so it doesn’t impede putting the new gasket in place. Now when installing the new gasket, you may
find that during shipping there has been some kinks in it. You can either lay it in a tub of hot water
to soften that up and then shape it, or on smaller gaskets, you could actually put it
in your clothes dryer and let it tumble for a little bit on a low heat just enough to
soften it up and make it pliable. Now the new gasket has a rigid strip in the
backside of it that will fit into that channel of the inner door panel. We need to make sure that that’s fully inserted
in there and that the vinyl edge of the gasket will lay flat against the outer steel door
panel. We just need to make sure that this rigid
spine along the edge of that gasket fits in that gap on the inner door panel. Just drape the gasket over that door liner. Then we’ll pick one of the corners and we’ll
start feeding that rib in under the edge of the liner. Then, pull the corner so that it’s square. Just continue to feed it in all the way around. You can actually roll that gasket out enough
to line that spine up and then just roll it back in underneath the
liner. Then, continue to work your way all the way
around the door, making sure that we have it tight all the way into that gap. It’s a little trickier across the bottom because
you don’t have quite as much room to work with, but we do need to make sure that it
fits in nice and snug. Then, just check all the way around, make
sure that we have a nice, smooth fit against the outer door panel. You can see how that spine fits right in underneath
the liner and will lock into place in that little channel. Then next, we’ll check the fit against the
cabinet. Because it’s a new gasket, there may be a
little spot or two that pushes it out. If need be, take some adhesive tape, pull
the door tight, and tape it to the cabinet just to hold it there long enough to take
a set. Our repair is complete. I told you it was an easy job. Thanks for watching. Good luck with your repair.