Replacing the seal in the refrigerator with your own hands. How to replace tires correctly?


The max­i­mum tight­ness of the refrig­er­a­tor is very impor­tant for its oper­a­tion. This tight­ness is achieved by installing an elas­tic rub­ber gas­ket around the perime­ter of the door. But noth­ing lasts for­ev­er, soon­er or lat­er it fails, and it becomes nec­es­sary to replace the seal in the refrig­er­a­tor.

Signs of a failed seal

You can under­stand that you need to replace the seal­ing rub­ber in the refrig­er­a­tor with the naked eye. Over time, it dries out, becomes less elas­tic, cracks. This is due to the tem­per­a­ture dif­fer­ence between the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment and the kitchen, as well as pure­ly mechan­i­cal dam­age due to reg­u­lar use.

But even if such signs of fail­ure of the rub­ber seal, at first glance, are not yet vis­i­ble, but cold air is clear­ly blow­ing from the door, and ice is heav­i­ly frozen on the inner walls, then repair work is also nec­es­sary. Oth­er­wise, more and more warm air will get inside, which the device will need to cool, which will even­tu­al­ly lead to over­loads and motor break­downs, as well as exces­sive pow­er con­sump­tion.

Removing the old seal

Replac­ing the seal­ing gum on the refrig­er­a­tor begins with the removal of the old rub­ber. To do this, the refrig­er­a­tor is turned off, the prod­ucts are removed, and the door itself can be removed for con­ve­nience, if the design allows it, and placed hor­i­zon­tal­ly. The fur­ther dis­man­tling pro­ce­dure will be slight­ly dif­fer­ent depend­ing on how the seal­ing rub­ber is attached.

  1. In the case of fas­ten­ing the seal on the door to the groove, its edge must be pulled back, insert a flat screw­driv­er into the slot and, pry­ing the mate­r­i­al with it, pull it out of the groove, try­ing not to tear it.
  2. If the old seal is glued, it is also care­ful­ly pry around the entire perime­ter with a screw­driv­er or spat­u­la.
  3. It is even eas­i­er with screws — they only need to be unscrewed.

Removing the old seal

Next, the sur­face must be cleaned of dust and debris with a damp cloth, and all glue residues, small adher­ent par­ti­cles of the rub­ber itself, etc. must be wiped off. Glue is per­fect­ly removed with ace­tone, and it is bet­ter to wipe the door clean with acrylic paint thin­ner or white spir­it.

Refrigerator door cleaning

How to choose a new seal

Replac­ing the seal­ing rub­ber in the refrig­er­a­tor will do noth­ing if the new mate­r­i­al is unsuit­able or of poor qual­i­ty. New tires must not show vis­i­ble dam­age, tex­ture or col­or irreg­u­lar­i­ties, stretch or lumps.

Of course, it’s good if you can find a seal specif­i­cal­ly for this refrig­er­a­tor mod­el. But this is not always pos­si­ble, and you can pur­chase any mate­r­i­al that is suit­able in size. The only thing is that it should be some­what larg­er in length and width than the old packed rub­ber. If the right size is not in the store, then this is not a prob­lem. The sealant can be adjust­ed in place by cut­ting off the excess parts and care­ful­ly glu­ing the joints with strong glue like Moment.

As is the case with so many build­ing mate­ri­als, seal­ing rub­ber should be left indoors for about a day to give it time to get used to its micro­cli­mate.

New fridge seal

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Installing a new seal

It is not enough to choose a good mate­r­i­al to replace the one that has become unus­able, you need to know how to replace the seal. It is bet­ter to mount a new elas­tic band in the same way that the old one was attached.

  • When mount­ing on glue, the fas­tened sur­faces must be degreased before­hand. You should choose only a qual­i­ty prod­uct and fol­low the instruc­tions for its use, because. dif­fer­ent adhe­sives may have their own char­ac­ter­is­tics when work­ing, for exam­ple, dif­fer­ent cur­ing times, etc.
  • If the seal is screwed on, you may need to use larg­er screws if the holes for them have loos­ened over time.

Impor­tant point: in the pro­duc­tion process, the seal is mount­ed by machines with great effort, and when replac­ing the seal­ing rub­ber on the refrig­er­a­tor door is car­ried out man­u­al­ly, it is very dif­fi­cult to apply the same effort. There­fore, if the old seal was insert­ed into the groove, then insert­ing a new one there, it is worth addi­tion­al­ly fix­ing it with glue or screw­ing it on. Holes for screws for this are drilled in incre­ments of 10–15 cm.

Once the glue has dried, or the gum is com­plete­ly fixed in oth­er ways, the refrig­er­a­tor can be plugged in and con­tin­ue to be used for its intend­ed pur­pose.

Installing a new seal

The first time after a new seal has been installed on the door, the refrig­er­a­tor should be care­ful­ly mon­i­tored to detect cracks or places of loose rub­ber that may not have been noticed dur­ing instal­la­tion. You can make sure that every­thing was done cor­rect­ly if the door, after replac­ing the seal, began to open with vis­i­ble effort.

To replace the seal­ing rub­ber on the refrig­er­a­tor door as rarely as pos­si­ble, the refrig­er­a­tor should be opened only by the han­dles, and not pry off the rub­ber for this, reg­u­lar­ly mechan­i­cal­ly injur­ing it.

How to repair an old seal

A few small dam­ages can be repaired with­out even remov­ing the seal from the door. If it needs a stronger repair, it is bet­ter to dis­man­tle it. In the case when the rub­ber has sim­ply lost its shape over time, it can be enough to warm it up with a hairdry­er at a mod­er­ate tem­per­a­ture or soak it in hot water for a while.

If sep­a­rate frag­ments are peeled off from each oth­er, they are fas­tened with Moment glue. Cracks in rub­ber are best repaired with an elas­tic and rub­ber-like mate­r­i­al. Suit­able, for exam­ple, glue-sealant or some­thing sim­i­lar to it.

But it should be under­stood that the repair, although it will extend the life of the sealant, but not for long. There­fore, if it is real­ly worn out, cov­ered with mold, it is bet­ter to update it, espe­cial­ly since replac­ing the refrig­er­a­tor seal is a sim­ple process, and new rub­ber is cheap.

Video instruction

The video instruc­tion tells about the process of replac­ing the failed seal­ing rub­ber on the Sti­nol refrig­er­a­tor. The mas­ter demon­strates the removal of the door, the dis­man­tling of the old seal and the instal­la­tion of a new, brand­ed one, designed specif­i­cal­ly for refrig­er­a­tors of this brand.

If there is any doubt that it will be pos­si­ble to cope with the work with your own hands, even despite the pres­ence of a video instruc­tion, then you can always call a refrig­er­a­tion mas­ter. His ser­vices are also inex­pen­sive.





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