How to Know When You Should Replace Your Refrigerator Gasket

Do you know which component of your refrigerator will usually need to be replaced first?

If you guessed the gasket, you are correct.

The gasket, also known at the door seal, is the rubber strip that runs along the perimeter of the refrigerator door. It is responsible for creating an air-tight seal when the door is closed, preventing cold air from escaping and warm air from entering.

The constant opening and closing of the refrigerator door on a daily basis eventually begins to take its toll on the gasket, which can become loose, worn, or cracked. When this happens, the air-tight seal is lost, and your refrigerator’s energy-efficiency takes a big hit.

Here are a few ways to tell if your gasket has become ineffective and needs to be replaced.

  • Visually inspect it. The most obvious way to tell if your refrigerator gasket needs toiStock_000007072173_Medium be replaced is by simply looking at it. Every month or two, give it a thorough visual examination, closely inspecting it for loose areas, cracks, holes, or signs of general wear and tear.

  • The dollar bill test. A broken gasket may not always be visually apparent, which is where the dollar bill test comes in handy. Close your refrigerator door on a dollar bill, with half of it sticking out. If you can easily remove the bill or slide it up and down, the seal is weak and you should replace it.

  • Spike in your electricity bill. Have you noticed that your electricity bill is getting higher and higher, even though your daily usage hasn’t changed? This could be due to a faulty gasket, which is allowing cold air to escape and making your appliance work harder to maintain a cold temperature.

Does your refrigerator gasket need to be replaced? Call the experts at Speedy Subzero! We offer same-day refrigerator repairs to residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, as well as New York City. We can fix any make or model of refrigerator, whether it is a standalone unit or built-in to your kitchen cabinetry. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment at 866-782-9376.

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