Our fridge is not that old, but it certainly is not one of the newer kinds. The freezer section wasn’t working too well and hubby concluded we needed a new rubber seal. Of course there was the other option of purchasing a new refrigerator, but hubby was sure the new rubber seal would work so we followed that route.
Being the handyman type, Hubby worked out where to purchase the replacement seal and went on line to purchase the same. A reply came back advising us the cost but could be replaced by a professional for just a little extra. Way to go. We placed the order and booked the time for the expert to visit.
Our mechanic looked at the fridge and told us that although it was older than the ones he usually repaired it was still in good condition and would last several more years. Good news. So he looked at replacing the freezer rubber seal.
As it turned out the rubber seal that had perished was the one around the main door. The problem with the freezer was the door itself had dropped thereby causing the imperfect seal. For a lesser price we could have a new seal replaced on the main fridge door and the freezer door re-positioned. Of course we said “Yes”. And the gentleman went ahead and did the job.
The work needed wasn’t just a case of bringing out a pre-made rubber seal and fitting it. The gentleman had to make a seal that especially fitted our door. He went outside to his van and made one then and there.
The replacement didn’t take as long as one would think but of course the fridge door was open while it was happening. We had to hang a large heavy towel over the front of the fridge while he worked on the door. We had to use the same towel to cover the front of the freezer section when he re-hung the door. Thankfully the towel was thick enough to keep everything inside at the even temperature until the doors were back in place.
Being a new rubber on the fridge, for a couple of days we had to give the door an extra push when we closed it to get the rubber to seal properly. The magnets in the rubber helped and within a couple of days the door closure and the seal worked perfectly. The freezer door now sits where it should and the temperature in both the freezer and the fridge is a lot more stable, which shows how much of a problem the out of place door and deteriorating rubber seal was causing.
So when should you replace your fridge? Well obviously not until you’ve had an expert come and see what is the problem. If a seal can so easily be replaced and doors re-hung while the man is in your own home, then surely it must be a better way to go. Especially as governments are slowly realising we need to repair and re-use instead of being the throw away society we have been for so long.