How to Fix a Refrigerator Door Not Closing Properly

A refrigerator door not closing properly could cause you a bunch of problems. The cold air ends up leaking out and warming the temperature inside the refrigerator. Not only that, but the warm outside air could make its way in, increasing condensation and mold growth. That’s why you should figure out the reason causing this issue and fix it as soon as possible. You’ll end up saving a lot of money and effort trying to fix the refrigerator down the line.

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Clean the Gasket

All refrigerator doors have a rubber border that ensures a tight seal, called the gasket. If the gasket got gunked up with oils from your hands, food debris, and dust, it could become less sticky to the refrigerator door frame.

Clean the gasket by soaking a soft rag in warm water with a drop of dish soap. Then, you should clean the border of the refrigerator and the gasket, making sure not to miss the accordion-like folds of the rubber. Wipe off the remaining soap with a clean, damp rag and check to see if that solved the problem.

Empty the Refrigerator Door

If the refrigerator door feels like it’s hanging lower than it should, then the problem could be too many items on the door shelves. We tend to place gallons of milk, juice containers, jams, and condiment bottles in the door. If you like to overstock or buy in bulk, this could weigh the refrigerator door down.

Take out a few items and check to see if the door closes all the way through. If this solves the problem, that’s great! You can then rearrange your refrigerator shelves to accommodate the items you removed, replacing them with lighter items.

Align the Refrigerator Correctly

The location of your refrigerator can affect the way the door closes. If it’s placed on a slope or an uneven surface, like having half of it on a rug and the rest on the floor, then you should reconsider its placement.

You can use a bubble or laser level to see where the slope is leaning. Then, use shims under the legs or the adjustable legs of the refrigerator to realign it so it’s completely level. 

You want it to be level side to side, and leaning a little toward the back when you’re checking its front-to-back orientation. This should help gravity aid with closing the door.

Tighten the Door Hinges

Refrigerator door hinges could get warped or loose with consistent use over the years. You can tighten the door hinges to readjust them to their original position. Just check the user’s manual to see where the hinges are located and use a screwdriver to put them back in place.

If your refrigerator has a hidden hinge, consider getting a professional to fix it.

Change the Refrigerator Door

Sometimes, a refrigerator suffers a huge blow during a move that renders its door warped and unusable. Unfortunately, in these cases, the best course of action would be to change the door altogether.

That said, the cost of changing the door could be similar to the cost of getting a new refrigerator with newer features and a warranty. So, it’s up to you to decide whether to salvage the old one or get a new one.

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