A sagging refrigerator door is more than just a nuisance, it can cost you money. A refrigerator door that does not seal properly costs you more money in energy costs and possible food spoilage. Plus, your refrigerator needs to work harder and run longer to create more cool air for all the cool air that is lost through any door leaks. Luckily, this is a problem that can easily be solved.
First, check to make sure nothing is blocking the door. Check the refrigerator door seal, also called a refrigerator door gasket, and make sure it’s not twisted or coming off. Make sure no part of the seal is bunching up in the opening. If it is, it might be a good idea to replace the gasket with a new one.
Sometimes a refrigerator’s door hinges go out of adjustment. You can sometimes loosen the hinge, re-seat the door properly, and tighten the hinge again. The Family Handyman (put out by Reader’s Digest Magazine) has a helpful article on how to reset refrigerator door hinges yourself: “Straighten Sagging Refrigerator Doors.”
Sometimes there are little plastic spacers on the hinge or hinge pins. They can wear down and prevent the door from closing properly. You can usually determine what the exact problem is with a close visual inspection.
What is you notice, during your hinge adjustments, that parts of the hinge are wearing out or breaking? You can easily buy replacement refrigerator hinges, cams, pins and other refrigerator replacement parts. All you need is your refrigerator’s model number which is usually located on the inner left wall of your refrigerator. Some models have the model number tag located behind the grill panel. Remove the grill panel to see the model number plate. For more help finding the model number of your refrigerator, visit this helpful page: Locate the Model Number of Your Appliance.