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Old 01-10-2017, 11:12   #1
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Sealing the reefer door/lid

The sealing strips on my reefer door are old, hard and cracked, probably doing a lousy job of keeping the heat out. It looks like the old stuff the PO used was just weather stripping from Home Depot. What is the best stuff to use to reseal the door?

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Re: Sealing the reefer door/lid

Worked for us.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/?_nkw=refri...%20door%20seal
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Re: Sealing the reefer door/lid

Usually something very soft and sponge. Not a gasket like on your domestic fridge as they rely on a magnetic infill to make a seal as they attract to the fridge cabinet's metal lining. Suggest once you have replaced the seal, put a torch inside the cabinet on a dark night to make sure the seal seals totally. Leaking door / lid seals greatly increase fridge unit run times and contribute to rapid frost / ice build up on the cold plate.

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https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.e...000117953.html

We tried plenty of different door seals some were to stiff and would not allow the door to settle and some wear far to soft and the weight of the door would crush the seal . We found the stuff above to do the best job . Yes homedepot , you just got to get the right stuff.

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Re: Sealing the reefer door/lid

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... put a torch inside the cabinet on a dark night to make sure the seal seals totally...
Cheers, OzePete from www.ozefridge.com.au
Just to clarify. I believe Pete is referring to what we, in North America, call a "flashlight". (not a firebrand)
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Just to clarify. I believe Pete is referring to what we, in North America, call a "flashlight". (not a firebrand)
I grew up in South Africa and in England, so am very familiar with the term "torch" for a battery-powered light. Still, the mental image of someone using a flaming firebrand to light up the inside of their boat really made me laugh! Thanks, I needed something to lighten my mood this Monday morning.
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We tried plenty of different door seals some were to stiff and would not allow the door to settle and some wear far to soft and the weight of the door would crush the seal . We found the stuff above to do the best job . Yes homedepot , you just got to get the right stuff.

Regards John
Many thanks, John!
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Re: Sealing the reefer door/lid

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We tried plenty of different door seals some were to stiff and would not allow the door to settle and some wear far to soft and the weight of the door would crush the seal . We found the stuff above to do the best job . Yes homedepot , you just got to get the right stuff.

Regards John
We used that to start. Not deep nor flexible enough.

Use the stuff which looks like a stylized "e" = the circle part is the frame, and the tail is the seal. Much more forgiving and height-helpful.

I'd give you the part number but I'm away from my computer. Same department, just a different product.

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Re: Sealing the reefer door/lid

NAPA auto parts has a very good selection of weatherstripping profiles. You may need to ask to look in the catalog.
After you are done, get a neoprene mat sold (Homeworks, Bed Bath, etc.)as foot cushion in front of the sink, easily cut to size and placed over the top of the reefer lid. Even with a good gasket, much is lost through the top. Cheap upgrade.
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Re: Sealing the reefer door/lid

Obviously, if the door frame isn't metal, my suggestion wouldn't work.
Our door frame is the remains of the original Isotherm, but two inches back, the whole thing is from scratch with Aerogel and fiberglass sheeting.
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Re: Sealing the reefer door/lid

I want to hear more options please.
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We used that to start. Not deep nor flexible enough.

Use the stuff which looks like a stylized "e" = the circle part is the frame, and the tail is the seal. Much more forgiving and height-helpful.

I'd give you the part number but I'm away from my computer. Same department, just a different product.

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Re: Sealing the reefer door/lid

Try one of those places that specialise in replacing seals on domestic refrigerators, they will have all the knowledge and make a professional gasket.....
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Re: Sealing the reefer door/lid

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We tried plenty of different door seals some were to stiff and would not allow the door to settle and some wear far to soft and the weight of the door would crush the seal . We found the stuff above to do the best job . Yes homedepot , you just got to get the right stuff.

Regards John

That link doesn't seem to work. Could you resend it if you get a minute.

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