Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Your refrigerator is one of the handiest appliances in the house. But a fridge with a worn-out door gasket won't seal properly, and can drive your electricity bill way up as a result. If you would like to learn more about increasing the efficiency of your refrigerator, read on. This article will teach you how to replace a worn-out door gasket.
There are two major warning signs of a worn-out rubber gasket: moisture and mold. You see, when a gasket doesn't seal properly, it allows cold air to escape from the fridge. When this cold air meets the warm air of the kitchen, it causes it to condense. This condensation is a prime breeding ground for nasty black mold--and both are a sure sign that it's time for a new gasket.
Out with the old
The first step in installing a new gasket is to remove the old one. On some fridges, the gasket simply locks into grooves on the door and can easily be pulled free. On other models, however, the gasket is held in place by a series of metal retainer screws. These must be loosened--but not removed--using the appropriate tool (often a hex driver). Once they are loose, you should be able to pull the gasket off of the door.
In with the new
While removing the old gasket, it can be helpful to soak your new one in a tub of warm water. This will loosen up the rubber, making it more pliable and thus easier to install. Begin the installation at one of the top corners, fitting the lip of the gasket into place behind the retainer screw. Work your way around the entire door using this same method.
Then go back and begin tightening the retainer screws. Just be careful not to over tighten them--at this stage, that can lead to an inefficient seal by causing the gasket to become warped. After tightening all the bolts, close the door and inspect the seal.
Chances are you'll notice some areas that aren't fully sealed. Don't worry, this is just part of the process. Gripping the gasket firmly, pull it into the correct alignment. Once you've got it positioned so that you're getting a good seal all the way around, you can go back and finish tightening up the retaining bolts.
Lubricate for a tight seal
Finally, here's a secret to ensure both a good seal and a long-lasting gasket. Cover the gasket with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. This will help to keep air from penetrating beneath the gasket. In addition, it protects the gasket from cracking and deterioration.
If you need help with this process, or if you think your refrigerator has other problems that are affecting its efficiency, you can always hire a local appliance repair company. Visit http://www.jmappliance.com to learn more.