To-Do #6: Clean and Test Refrigerator Door Seal
Start by cleaning the door gaskets on your refrigerator thoroughly with soap and water, then inspect the gaskets for cracks or tears.
To test how well the gasket seals, place a dollar bill between the gasket and fridge, close the door, and try to pull the bill out. If the seal is working properly, you should feel resistance as you pull. If the paper bill pulls out easily, you may need to align the refrigerator door or replace the gasket.
If the gasket isn’t sealing, start by checking to make sure the door is aligned squarely on the hinges. If it’s not, adjust as needed, following the instructions in the refrigerator manual.
If the refrigerator still isn’t sealing properly, replace the gasket by pulling the old one out of its groove (look behind it first to see if it’s held on with screws). Press the new gasket gently into the groove, and replace any screws when you’re done.
For more home maintenance to-do lists, check out:
- Summer Home Maintenance To-Do List
- Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
- Winter Home Survival Guide
- Spring Home Improvement Guide
- Monthly Lawn & Garden To-Do Lists
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