How to Replace the Door Seal on an Upright Freezer

Answer

If your upright freezer stops operating properly, you run the danger of losing the products you have put inside of it. However, having an upright freezer allows you a lot of room to store frozen delicacies for your family. If your freezer is experiencing symptoms such as ice building up around the door, the door not sealing correctly, or the freezer running continually, these might all be indications that your door seal is distorted, broken, or worn. Getting rid of these symptoms and preventing the spoilage of frozen items may be accomplished by simply replacing the door seal on your upright freezer.

According to recommendations made by Family Handyman, you should consult the handbook that came with your specific model in order to identify the appropriate door seal and learn where to get one. You can get them at some of the larger home improvement shops, but it’s also possible that you’ll need to buy new components straight from the manufacturer.

  1. 1. Prepare the Replacement Seal

    Take the new seal out of its box and discard the packaging. It is suggested by Appliance Aid that you place it in a bathtub filled with warm water and allow it to soak for about one hour. This causes the gasket to become more pliable and eliminates the creases and bends in the seal that were generated by the packing.

  2. 2. Turn Off the Freezer

    Open your freezer door. Find the switch that controls the electricity. The switch should be used to turn off the freezer. If you are unable to find a switch, you should unhook the upright freezer from the socket in the wall.

  3. 3. Remove Any Food Items

    Take out of the door of the freezer any food that has been kept there. Put them inside a cooler that has insulation.

  4. 4. Determine How the Existing Door Seal is Attached

    Examine the door seal that is currently in place to see how it is attached to the door of your upright freezer. Raise one side of the gasket so that you can access the screws that are securing the seal to the door. It is possible that you will just need to loosen the screws rather than completely removing them from the seal and the door of the freezer. This will depend on the design of the seal as well as the type of the freezer. You will only be able to loosen the screws if the seal has an apparent slot where it appears the seal slides under the screw heads. On the other hand, if the seal is solid around the screw, you will need to remove all of the screws before you can remove and replace the seal. This information should also be clear when you purchase your replacement gasket.

  5. 5. Remove the Existing Seal

    To remove the seal from the freezer door, loosen or remove the screws keeping it in place. Because there are many screws, you will need either a cordless drill or an electric screwdriver in order to loosen or remove them. Be prepared to have the inner door panel separate from the outer freezer door if the design of your freezer door and seal needs you to remove the screws. This is required in order to access the seal. Screws that have been removed should be stored in a bowl or a plastic bag to prevent their loss.

    Remove the seal that was on the door of the freezer. While you are removing the seal off the door, you should verify where the magnets for the seal are located. There are freezer door seals available that have magnets on each of the four sides of the seal, while others do not include magnets on the side of the seal that is hinged.

  6. 6. Dry the Replacement Seal Thoroughly

    Take off the bathtub’s new seal and set it aside. To completely dry the seal, a terrycloth towel should be used. Take care to remove any and all water from the folds of the seal. Any water that was left on the seal might potentially cause it to freeze or encourage mould development.

  7. 7. Attach the Inner Door Panel

    If the inner door panel came off the outer door when you removed the seal screws, you may reattach it by placing a single screw on each side of the panel to secure it to the outer door. Do not overtighten these screws so that you will be able to slide the replacement’s edge between the inner panel and the door of the outer cabinet.

  8. 8. Line Up the Replacement Seal

    Position the new seal in such a way that it aligns itself with the door of the freezer. Check to see that the magnets contained within the seal are in the appropriate places.

  9. 9. Insert the New Seal Between the Inner and Outer Door Panels

    Place the new seal between the inner and outer door panels, making sure that the holes in the seal line up with the screw holes in the door and the panel. If it was not necessary to remove the screws, you may simply slip the slots that were cut into the new seal around the screws.

  10. 10. Attach the New Seal

    The screws should be used to fasten the new seal to the door. Starting at the door’s outside corners, tighten each screw while alternating between the door’s left and right sides. This will allow you to work your way toward the door’s centre as you complete each step.

  11. 11. Tighten the Screws Appropriately

    First, the screws on the top should be tightened, followed by the screws on the bottom seal. To guarantee that the seal will not pull away from the upright freezer door, ensure that you tighten the screws that are located on each side of the door, beginning at each corner and moving in an alternate pattern from top to bottom until you reach the middle screw. Remember to remove and reinstall the screw that you used to keep the panel in place while you placed the new seal if the inner door panel become separated from the outer door while you were working on it.

  12. 12. Replace the Food Items

    Replace the food products that were stored in the door of your freezer. Start your upright freezer by turning it on, and then plug it into the power socket.

    Things You Will Need

    • Insulated cooler

    • Cordless drill or electric screwdriver

    • Bowl or plastic bag

    • Terrycloth towel

    Tip

    If the seal on the upright freezer door squeaks or makes it difficult to shut the door, spread a tiny quantity of petroleum jelly on the hinge side of the seal. The petroleum jelly helps the seal move against the freezer cabinet and enables it to settle in place.