The refrigerator door does not close tightly: reasons and what to do

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One of the most com­mon rea­sons for buy­ing a new refrig­er­a­tor is the bro­ken door of the old one. And all because the unit becomes unus­able if the refrig­er­a­tor door does not close.

But why say good­bye to the refrig­er­a­tor ahead of time when you can fix this mal­func­tion your­self? What to do if the refrig­er­a­tor door breaks, read our arti­cle.

How to check if the door closes tightly?

This sit­u­a­tion can also hap­pen: the door, at first glance, clos­es tight­ly, but the food in the refrig­er­a­tor began to dete­ri­o­rate quick­ly, and the unit itself often over­heats.

Such a case is an occa­sion to check the oper­a­tion of the door. To do this, take an ordi­nary note­book sheet and press it against the refrig­er­a­tor door. If it clos­es, then the unit has remained air­tight, if not, its den­si­ty has been lost.

Main reasons

Before you start repair­ing the refrig­er­a­tor, you should under­stand the rea­son why the door does not close. There may be sev­er­al of them:

  • the rub­ber seal is too dirty, greasy and there­fore does not retain its tight­ness;
  • the rub­ber seal has lost its tight­ness due to old age and expi­ra­tion;
  • the spac­er ele­ment of the door loos­ened, due to which its posi­tion became uneven;
  • the spac­er began to crack with age;
  • over­load of the refrig­er­a­tor door, due to which its posi­tion was deformed;
  • tilt­ing the refrig­er­a­tor due to an uneven floor.

If the unit is equipped with a spe­cial sen­sor that mon­i­tors the tight­ness of the door clos­ing, there is anoth­er rea­son: it could break down and give false infor­ma­tion that the refrig­er­a­tor door did not close tight­ly.

So, let’s look at each rea­son sep­a­rate­ly.

Dirty rubber seal

The rub­ber seal is one of the most impor­tant parts of the refrig­er­a­tor, so when clean­ing it, do not for­get to wash it. How­ev­er, if the rub­ber is dirty, this may cause the door not to close com­plete­ly.

Dirty rubber seal

First of all, try to wash the seal. If the pol­lu­tion is weak, then this will not cause much trou­ble, and after a cou­ple of hours the refrig­er­a­tor will work like new. But if the dirt has man­aged to eat in, then it will be eas­i­er to pur­chase new tires.

Atten­tion! You should not clean the seal with heavy chem­i­cals that you use to clean tiles, a bath­tub or a sink. Vine­gar, dish­wash­ing deter­gent or ordi­nary soda will help remove dirt. They will not only remove dirt, but also keep clean­li­ness in the refrig­er­a­tor for a long time.

Old rubber seal

So the time has come when Sovi­et refrig­er­a­tors fell into dis­re­pair. The time has come — noth­ing will change.

An old rub­ber seal can be dis­tin­guished by the fol­low­ing fea­tures:

  • hard­en­ing of the mate­r­i­al, espe­cial­ly in the cor­ners;
  • the appear­ance of yel­low­ness;
  • crack growth on the sur­face.

Old rubber seal

If the rub­ber has at least two of the above signs, be sure it’s time to change or restore it.

Loose or cracked strut

A dis­tinc­tive sign of a loose strut is a door off­set to the floor. This prob­lem occurs in old refrig­er­a­tors, because over time, the spac­er ele­ment, which is locat­ed below, at the junc­tion of the door and the base of the unit, breaks. It is easy to iden­ti­fy this break­down: if the door is repelled when clos­ing, then the mat­ter is prob­a­bly in the spac­er. Try to lift the door and slam it hard — it will close.

How­ev­er, this prob­lem should not be left behind. There­fore, if the refrig­er­a­tor door does not close, the spac­er ele­ment must be replaced, oth­er­wise it may sim­ply fall off.

cracked strut

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Door overload

Anoth­er rea­son why the door does not close is its over­load. Move some of the food on the shelves of the door and it will work again. How­ev­er, if the door still does not close well, the spac­er should be checked. Per­haps he man­aged to get dam­aged due to over­load.

Door Position Offset

So you’ve checked all of the above rea­sons and the door still does­n’t close prop­er­ly? Per­haps the rea­son lies in the defor­ma­tion of the door. This prob­lem occurs with a care­less atti­tude to tech­nol­o­gy (door slam­ming, etc.). The solu­tion may require both reg­u­la­tion of the door and its change. It is dif­fi­cult to solve this prob­lem on your own, so it is rec­om­mend­ed to call a spe­cial­ist.

Breakdown prevention

If the refrig­er­a­tor door is cur­rent­ly clos­ing, you should treat it with care and fol­low a few sim­ple rules for oper­at­ing your refrig­er­a­tor:

  • when defrost­ing and clean­ing the refrig­er­a­tor, wipe the rub­ber seal with soapy water or vine­gar to avoid con­t­a­m­i­na­tion;
  • gen­tly and care­ful­ly close the door — a sharp slam­ming breaks its tight­ness;
  • do not place heavy cans of pick­les on the door shelves — they can over­load and dam­age the door.

We restore the rubber seal: video

This video describes in detail how to restore the rub­ber seal of the refrig­er­a­tor if it does not close well.

By fol­low­ing the basic rules for oper­at­ing the refrig­er­a­tor, and doing pre­ven­tive clean­ing of the seal, you pro­long the life of your refrig­er­a­tor for a long time.


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