How to Change the Gasket Seal on a Whirlpool Freezer
Dec 02, 2016
Keep your Whirlpool freezer airtight to lower energy costs and prevent food spoilage. The gasket seal on your freezer door breaks down over time. As it degrades, it loses its ability to create an airtight seal. This allows cold air to escape and warm air to enter the freezer, causing the freezer to work harder to keep the food at a safe temperature. Replace the seal if there is little or no resistance when you open the freezer door.
Place a new freezer door gasket seal designed for your specific freezer model in warm water prior to removing the old gasket. This will make it more pliable and easier to install.
Open the freezer door. Grasp the inner edge of the gasket seal and lift it up to expose the screws securing the gasket seal to the retainer.
Turn the screws counterclockwise with a hex-head nut driver to slightly loosen them. Do not remove the screws.
Pull the gasket seal off the screws and away from the door to remove it. Discard the old gasket seal.
Push the lip of the new gasket seal under the edges of the retainer on the freezer door, starting in a top corner and continuing around the door.
Turn the screws clockwise with the hex-head nut driver to slightly tighten the screws.
Close the freezer door and inspect the entire door for proper seal by opening and closing the door and looking for areas where the gasket seal is warped.
Open the door and pull the gasket seal to straighten it, if needed. Continue opening and closing the door and making adjustments until the gasket seal is properly seated. Tighten the screws fully to secure the gasket seal.
Place a thin layer of petroleum jelly over the gasket seal on the side of the door where the hinges are present if the new seal has a slight drag when the door is opened or closed.