Refrigerator door gasket was torn
Crystal M. • Tarzana, CA • October 20, 2014
Appliance: Maytag Ref-SXS/I&W MZD2766GEQ
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Let me start off by saying that I am a 44 year old woman and found this job really easy but somewhat tedious due to the amount of screws that hold the gasket behind the liner. These are the steps I found online and used:
• Soak the new gasket in a bathtub or sink filled with warm water. This will remove creases caused from the packaging making it flexible and easier to manipulate.
• Level the refrigerator to make sure it is steady and does not rock. Some find it easier to remove the refrigerator door entirely and lay it flat on the floor. If choosing this option, remove the door handle and carefully detach the door from its hinges, or consult the manufacturer’s manual for removal instructions.
• Fold the original gasket back, beginning at the top of the door and working down. Use a screwdriver to loosen the screws holding the gasket in place, but do not remove the screws completely or the liner will detach. In some models, the screws hold the entire door together, making it important to leave them intact.
• Remove the old gasket from the door. Start at the top corner, and gently pull the gasket off the liner, being careful not to dislodge the door screws.
• Clean the area where the new gasket will go, if necessary. Dirt or corrosive substances may have collected under the old gasket, and removing these contaminants can improve the quality of the new seal.
• Fasten the new gasket to the door by sliding it in under the door’s retainer or clips. Begin attaching it from the middle of one side of the door, making sure to partly tighten the screws as the process moves along.
• Check for any gaps by closing the door and making sure the seal lies flat and straight against it all the way around. If the door was completely detached from the refrigerator at an earlier stage, reattach it in order to perform the check.
• Retighten the screws completely to fully attach the new gasket. The door may have bended slightly from the loosened screws, so be sure to flex it back into its original position as the screws tighten.
• Wrinkles and small gaps may be present, but they will either straighten themselves out from gasket use, or can be removed using hot air (I used a blow dryer).