How to Get Your Refrigerator Door to Seal

If the seal on your refrigerator door is not functioning well, it can affect the internal temperature inside the unit, causing food to stay too warm or too cold, spoiling or ruining the food items.
Look for debris or other obvious reasons why the door does not sealLook for debris or other obvious reasons why the door does not seal
In addition, the refrigerator motor will have to work harder to try to maintain the unit temperature, which can result in higher energy bills and potentially result in a burnt-out motor or other problems with the refrigerator. However, resolving this issue can be relatively simple unless the door gasket is broken and requires replacement by a professional.

Step 1

Ensure the bins and shelves inside the refrigerator are closed completely.

Step 2

Push food items back onto the shelves so that they do not prevent the door from closing completely.

Step 3

Clean the door gasket with a mild household cleaner to remove dirt and debris.

Step 4

Wipe the gasket with a clean, damp cloth and dry with a towel.

Step 5

Examine the gasket for signs that it is split, damaged or broken. If there are small cuts or splits in the gasket, apply a small amount of white silicon caulking, available at most hardware stores. Prop the door open and allow to dry completely.

Things You Will Need

  • Household cleaner
  • Clean cloth(s)
  • Silicon caulking

About the Author

Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.