Hi, it’s Steve from PartSelect. Today we are
going to show you how to change the fresh food door gasket on your refrigerator, and
its a really easy job. All we are going to need a 5/16 nut driver and 5/16 wrench and
a small putty knife. Let me show you how we do it. Although we do not need to remove the door
to replace that gasket, it is probably easier to do so. So we will begin by opening the
refrigerator door. We are going to turn the refrigerator off. We are going to remove the
upper hinge for the freezer door first, this held in place with either two or three 5/16
screws. Before we remove the door of course we want to remove all of the times that are
on the door and just set them aside and cover them up with a blanket or something that will
maintain the temperature of it while we are doing the repair. And because we will have
both doors removed we will also cover the front of the refrigerator cabinet with a blanket
just to keep that temperature stable. Once we have removed the screws we can lift
the hinge up and set that aside and very carefully tilt the freezer door forward, rotate it open
and lift it off of the center hinge and we are going to set that aside. Next we will remove the center hinge and again
it is held in place with 5/16 screws. It is little different to get at the two screws
on the outside edge, they don�t need to come completely off, they just need to be
loosened, and if need be use a small adjustable wrench or a 5/16 open end wrench. And again
we only need to loosen the two outside screws just enough that the hinge will slide out
of the open. We will remove that center hinge and set that aside, then we are going to take
the refrigerator door and we are going to set it on a suitable work surface so that
we can remove the gasket and replace it with a new one. We also want to protect that surface
with a blanket so that we can lay the face of the door right on top of it. Now to remove that gasket we are simply going
to fold it out and you will see underneath the edge of the inner door panel that clamps
over the leading edge of that gasket. I am just going to pull up gently on that gasket,
separate that liner from the outer door panel, just enough that we can pull the gasket out
from behind it, and we are going to continue to do that all the way around and again we
will need to just lift up gently on it first just enough to release the edge of that liner
and if need be you can take your putty knife and edge it with that, just fork at it gently
so that you don�t crack the inner door. Once you have couple of sides loosed up you
can then pull the corner away and lift it free. Will rotate the door around, as we mentioned
you can do this job with the door still in tact, it becomes very difficult to access
the bottom of the door, so we find it just as easy to pull that door completely off of
the refrigerator and do it in this manner. Use caution in the corner so we don�t damage
the liner, and we can simply lift the old gasket free and discard it. Next, we will take the new gasket, we are
going to lay it on the door just roughly the position it should be in. And we will start
by tucking one corner in, this little black rigid rib is going to tuck in behind that
little channel on the inner door panel and it will get sandwiched between the inner door
panel and the outer door panel, so you can actually tilt that enough, rotate it down
and force it underneath that inner door panel, then you can just roll back the gasket where
you are holding pressure in with your fingertips and verify that it has gone completely into
position. You can push way down on one side a little bit. Pull the way to free side and
then work that one into position, again you may need your putty knife just to get it started.
Once you have the corner in position you can just go along the edge and press it into place.
As you can see from this view that rib is going to tuck into this little channel. Make
sure it�s fully inserted. Rib going in underneath the liner, then stop few inches short of the
corner, will rotate the door around and we will do the same thing on the opposite side
and start the gasket way from the corner, then work your way towards it, there is enough
flexibility in that gasket that you can stretch around the corner. Use your putty knife again
just to lift that edge up slightly, then make sure it seats firmly around that corner. And
once we get close to the next corner we will rotate the door again, take your putty knife
and make sure that corner is free. Sometimes it helps just to lift up on that gasket to
rotate that rib over enough that it will slide underneath the liner. Along the bottom of
the door you may find a bit of food debris that has collected there over time and you
will need to clean that up before you attempt to put the gasket on. You can also use your
putty knife if you cover the edge of it with a couple of layers of duct tape just so that
you don�t have a sharp edge, you can use that to press in gently on the very edge of
the gasket that will allow you to fully insert it below the door liner itself and make sure
that it has seated properly. Once you have gotten close to the other corner we will rotate
the door again. Again make sure that the corner is free and gently stretch that gasket around
the corner. The areas that will give you the most trouble
where that plastic cap is for both the top and bottom of the door, it does project a
little bit higher than the outer door panel, so we have to work carefully in that area,
make sure that you do get the gasket underneath the door liner and just gently prod that enough
that it will fit and then continue along last side, rotate the last time and then make sure
we have that last corner firmly in place, again you can use that putty knife just to
make sure that gasket is firmly seated below the door liner, then just carefully inspect
all the way around again to make sure we didn�t miss any spots. The gasket should fit tightly
against the door panel and form a nice smooth seal in that area. We will take careful note
in the corners and make sure that we have a proper seal there and now we are ready to
put the door back on the refrigerator. So we will carefully lower the refrigerator
door onto the bottom hinge, just pivot to make sure that it is fully seated on the hinge,
rotate it into position, we are going to take our center hinge, make sure the spacers are
still intact, drop that into the opening on the top of the fresh food door and then we
will pivot the hinge into the screws. We will insert the one on the right, and just tighten
that enough so that will hold the door in place and then we will align the door. Just
check on both sides to make sure it is parallel with the cabinet, tighten the screws securely
and using our wrench we will tighten the bottom screw on the left side to make sure those
are both secure. Now we are ready to put the freezer door on.
Again we will lower that hinge opening on to the center hinge, rotate the door into
position. Take our hinge, place it in position, locate the screw holes, you may need to lift
up on the door slightly to rotate the hinge and you can locate those holes. I suggest
you start these screws by hand just to make sure that we don�t cross thread it. Now,
just before tightening I want to make sure that we have an even gap between the freezer
door and the fresh food door, and if you need to loosen one of the screws enough to adjust
it. Tighten it firmly. We are now ready to turn the refrigerator back on, and our repair
is complete. I told you it was an easy job, thanks for
watching and good luck with your repair.