The food in your freezer should stay frozen, and ice should not build up at a fast rate. If either of these two things are happening in your freezer, it is probably because the seal around your freezer door is compromised or damaged. Luckily, you can easily fix this problem yourself.
Purchasing The Supplies
You are going to need to purchase a replacement seal for your freezer. Measure the width of the seal that is currently in your freezer. Most freezer seals are either ¼ inch wide or 5/16 of an inch wide. You can purchase a replacement seal online or at a local appliance parts and repair center. You are also going to need an adhesive or clips to keep the seal in place. You can also find these supplies at your local appliance parts store as well. Finally, you may need a hair dryer or hot air gun.
Removing The Old Seal
The first thing to do is turn off your freezer. If your freezer is overflowing with items, you may want to move some of them to an ice-chest or to an alternate freezer so you have enough room to work with. Once your freezer is unplugged, remove the old seal. Depending on the make and model of your freezer, this could require different actions.
Installing The New Seal
Before you install the new seal, use a washcloth and some dish soap to clean the area where the seal was located. Dirt and debris could have easily built up there over the years. If you have to remove some adhesive, this is also a great way to make sure you got rid of all of it.
Once again, how you install the new seal depends on what was holding it in place to begin with.
If you have any difficulty getting the seal to fit around your freezer, you can use an air gun or blow dryer to warm up the seal. Start with the lowest heat setting on your air gun or blow dryer, and increase the heat setting until you find one that provides enough heat to warm up the seal. This will make the seal a little softer and easier to manipulate into place.
Once the seal is in place, you can plug your freezer back in and return any items that you remove from it. As long as you purchase the necessary supplies before you start this project, it should not take you more than an hour to complete.Share
14 September 2015
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