How to replace the sealing gum on the refrigerator: 3 ways working at home

Content

  • 1 Replacement Features
    • 1.1 Symptoms
    • 1.2 Self replacement
  • 2 Conclusion
Sealing rubber - a guarantee that the door is tight and that the temperature inside the refrigerator is constantSealing rubber - a guarantee that the door is tight and that the temperature inside the refrigerator is constant

Unfortunately, any household appliances tend to fail, this also applies to refrigeration equipment. In the event of careless use, mechanical damage, external factors or simply old models, it may be necessary to replace the sealing tape on the door. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the replacement can be done by hand, without contacting the service center. How to do it? I'll tell you now.

Replacement Features

If the sealing rubber is deformed, the door of the refrigerator will not close tightly.If the sealing rubber is deformed, the door of the refrigerator will not close tightly.

First of all, it is necessary to understand the tape whether the case or there is a place to be more serious damage. It is enough to conduct a simple test:

  • take a plain sheet of paper;
  • open the door and attach a sheet to the body of the refrigerator;
  • close the door of the refrigerator so that a sheet of paper remains between it and the body and peeks out a little;
  • Try to pull the sheet without opening the door. If the paper can be pulled out without much difficulty, then the door does not fit snugly, otherwise the seal is ok.
The gum should fit snug as tightly as possible.The gum should fit snug as tightly as possible.

Each model and brand of modern household refrigerators shape and size of sealing rubber are different. But the old Soviet units had one ribbon, so replacing it was somewhat easier. In other cases, it is necessary to select a new seal similar to the one that was.

The dimensions of the seal can be different

In stores you can find a universal tape of a single size. It is usually wider than standard. And when installing it, it is simply necessary to measure the required width and cut off the excess.

Symptoms

Each manufacturer tries to invent something of their own. Not bypassed this trend side and such a trifle as rubber tape for the refrigeration door.

By type of mounting seals are:

  • inserted into special slots;
  • fixed with glue;
  • mounted on screws.

But the failure of such a small part can lead to serious damage to the capacitor, the repair of which will certainly be expensive.

Such tape is subject to replacementSuch tape is subject to replacement

Signs that the rubber band on the refrigerator door has departed:

  • loose fit of the door to the body;
  • frost on the back wall of the main chamber or the formation of a thick layer of snow in the freezer;
  • the presence of water leaks or condensate from the bottom;
  • freezing of the freezer door;
  • not enough low temperature in the compartments.
Frost in the refrigerator indicates its malfunctionFrost in the refrigerator indicates its malfunction

If you find one or more signs, then, most likely, a partial or full replacement of the refrigerator seal is required. What to do in this case and how to replace the sealing gum on the refrigerator of the old sample? All manipulations can be done by hand, saving on the services of the master.

Due to the fact that the warm air from the room penetrates into the unit, the condenser begins to work in an enhanced mode, which may soon cause the motor to burn out.

With the replacement of the seal, it is advisable not to delay, as the capacitor suffers.With the replacement of the seal, it is advisable not to delay, as the capacitor suffers.

Self replacement

To resort to the help of a specialist to replace the gum on the refrigerator is necessary only if he is the last models, and Lena itself is located under the facing layer of the door, that is, it can not be dismantled means.

In other cases, you can do it yourself.

What may be required:

  • a coil of suitable new seal;
  • fasteners (glue, screws, double-sided tape, etc.);
  • small spatula to remove excess glue;
  • hair dryer or hot water.

So, how to install the sealing gum on the refrigerator yourself:

A photo Instruction
table_pic_att15109430697 Method 1. Hair dryer

This method is effective only if the seal is only slightly deformed in some places:

  • The deformed area is heated by a hair dryer until the rubber becomes elastic.
  • You need to shape your fingers and close the door tightly, holding it a little.
table_pic_att15109430708 Method 2 Hot water

This option is suitable if the seal is deformed in several places:

  • It is necessary to remove the tape from the door and place it in a container with hot water for a while.
  • Wipe all parts of the rubber seal dry, form the desired shape in the deformed places and reattach it with glue or screws.
table_pic_att15109430729 Method 3. Full replacement

Sometimes the tape cracks, decays or breaks, in which case it must be completely replaced:

  • Remove the door from the hinge and put it on a flat surface.
  • The dismantling of the seal for the refrigerator depends on how it is fixed. If it is simply inserted into the grooves, then we take it out, helping ourselves with a thin blunt object (with a screwdriver, for example). If the old seal is glued, gently hook it with a spatula, removing excess glue from the refrigerator door. If mounted on screws, it is enough to unscrew them.
  • We clean the place of fastening of the tape.
  • We insert into the grooves (glue, fasten) a new sealing gum.
  • Fasten the door back and check tightness.
If the door does not fit snugly, but visually the rubber band looks quite suitable, you should probably just adjust the door itself.If the door does not fit snugly, but visually the rubber band looks quite suitable, you should probably just adjust the door itself.

In order to avoid cracks on the door seal, you need to know how to lubricate the rubber. For this perfect silicone lubricant.

Conclusion

The biting price for the services of household appliances repair centers may not worry you if the sealant tape on the door has deteriorated on your refrigeration unit. Today we figured out how to remove the sealing gum from the refrigerator and how to fasten a new one, without resorting to the services of a master.

The video in this article contains visual instructions on how to do everything as carefully as possible. And if you have experience in doing such work or have any questions, ask in the comments.

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