How do I Fix a Refrigerator Crisper Drawer?
A refrigerator crisper drawer creates a slightly higher humidity environment to keep fruits and vegetables from drying out quickly. Cracked crisper drawers and broken guides make it difficult to slide a crisper drawer in and out to retrieve chilled foods. A cracked drawer will not protect the food or maintain the proper humidity level. Repair a refrigerator drawer to reclaim all the interior space and food-saving features the appliance has to offer.
Pull the crisper drawer all the wall out of the refrigerator and remove all of its contents. Remove and replace any drawer guides that have broken off and are no longer supporting the weight of the drawer. Some crisper drawer guides simply snap into place while others require a screwdriver for installation.
Wash the broken crisper drawer with liquid dish soap and a soft sponge. Dry all the surfaces of the crisper drawer with a kitchen towel. Rough up the areas of damage on the drawer with a fine grit sandpaper so the adhesive will adhere better.
Apply a small amount of plastic glue or strong epoxy to the broken area. Smooth the adhesive into the cracks and remove excess with a wooden craft stick. You may choose to use clamps to hold pieces in place while the glue hardens according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Smooth the areas of dried glue with fine grit sandpaper. Wipe away the glue dust with a moist sponge. Slide the fixed crisper drawer back into the refrigerator and refill it with fruits and vegetables.
- Replacement slides and crisper drawers can often be ordered directly from the manufacturer or through an official retailer of the brand.
- Always wear plastic glues and use epoxies in well-ventilated areas to avoid inhalation of the strong fumes from the adhesive.
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