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My Frigidaire Refrigerator's Door Is Not Closing Properly

Frigidaire refrigerator doors come with all sorts of shelves and bins for storage, and the freezer door is often the location of the ice and water dispenser as well as a control panel for the refrigerator. Despite so many functions and features, one of the things you may not expect the refrigerator to do is not close. If the refrigerator or freezer door won’t close properly, addressing the situation may take a few steps.

Shelves and Bins

Frigidaire refrigerators have a wide variety of shelves, bins and drawers that slide in and out or open and close. However, if one or more of these containers is not closed properly, the door might be blocked from closing properly. Check each drawer, shelf and bin and push everything closed or back, away from the door.

Food Items

Another source of obstruction is a food item that has been set too close to the door and is blocking the door from sealing shut. Move food items a few inches back from the front edge of the refrigerator shelves so that there is proper clearance and the doors can shut.

Door Gasket

The rubber gasket on the refrigerator and freezer doors can eventually accumulate enough dirt or debris that the door cannot seal properly. Clean the door gasket with warm, soapy water, and then use a clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue from the gasket. Dry the gasket with a cloth, and apply some petroleum jelly to any area of the gasket that is bent, folded over or stuck in place.

Level the Refrigerator

If the Frigidaire refrigerator is not level, the door may not stay closed. You can check this by setting a level on top of the refrigerator and checking the bubble in the middle window. If the bubble does not stay centered, the refrigerator needs additional leveling. Lift the right and then the left clips on each side of the toe grille and open the doors, then press firmly against the top of the grille until the top releases from the refrigerator. Pull the base of the grille out until the bottom releases from the hinges and the grille comes loose. Shut the refrigerator doors again and use a flat-blade screwdriver to adjust the rollers on each side of the refrigerator front. Note that some models have a set screw in the hinge that must be removed before the rollers can be adjusted. These refrigerator models require the use of a 7/16-inch adjustable wrench to turn the adjustable screws. Turn in a clockwise direction to raise the rollers or counterclockwise to lower the rollers. Continue adjustments until the level bubble is center and the door closes automatically when opened halfway. Return the set screw on applicable models once the door opens and shuts easily.

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.