How do you install the door seal. I get a lot of water inside the refrigerator.
Answer Hello Tim,
There are about 30 or 35 screws that have to be loosened and tightened back up to accomplish this task. Notice I said loosened. You do not have to remove these screws unless the gasket has the holes in it too. The picture of the new one doesn't show holes in it, but the old one may have them.
Here's your starting place. Fill the sink or the tub with the hottest water you can. Open the new part and place it in the hot water. If you have to, you can place something on it to hold it down in the water. Get a couple of towels and place on the floor under where the door will be in the opened position. Completely empty the freezer door. The liner will have to be loosened from the door panel and you don't want the liner to be heavy while trying to start these little screws. Go around the door loosening all of the screws. You will need to loosen them about 1/4 of an inch. Any further and the screws may fall out.
I have learned that the top needs to be done first or last. The holes are all slotted to help find the hole if the screw comes out. You will notice that about halfway down on each side, there is a round hole. Make sure before you tighten any screws at all that these two screws are in these round holes. These are used for alignment.
If the old seal has the holes, I use a pair of utility scissors to snip by the hole to release it for disposal. Now the new seal is held in place by the metal strips. The edge of the new seal has a thick part (ridge) along its' edge which fits under the metal strips. Get it on the door under the metal strips all of the way around before you even think about tightening any screws. Once it's positioned all the way around, tighten the center side screws fits for alignment purposes and work your way around the door making sure the ridge is in the groove. Too far in is as bad as too far out. If the ridge isn't centered, the door won't close or seal properly.
Once the screws are all tightened, close the door and heat the seal with a hair dryer to help seat the seal. You see, the material the seal is made of gets real pliable when heated and when it cools, it will retain the shape it was in when it cooled. For this reason, you either need to get the seal seated and leave it alone until it cools to room temperature on its' own, or you can rub an ice cube on it to cool it quickly. Either way you need to check all of the way around the door, even the top and bottom, for proper seal seating against the cabinet. For the top and bottom, you will have to use a flashlight and an inspection mirror or you won't be able to tell if it's seated or not.