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glue for the refriegerator door

Hi,
The door of our refriegerator does not close properly. when we close, it gets closed properly but within a couple of seconds it opens up because the small glue that holds the door to the refriegerator has become dry and it does not hold the door firm enough that the door stays closed always. we asked in migros and Jumbo and at both places it did not exist. i think they did not understand what we meant. anybody has any ideas where i can buy this glue. it is blue in colour for my refriegerator.

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Old 22.08.2015, 16:47
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Re: glue for the refriegerator door

It's very difficult to explain these things sometimes.
Maybe try taking a picture of it and show it to the folk at the shop?
This might help them to get an idea of what you mean.
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Re: glue for the refriegerator door

It sounds as if the refrigerator door gasket has become hard. If this is the case, you can try to soften it with petroleum jelly (or mineral oil) or replace the gasket:

http://www.ehow.com/how_7667754_soft...ator-seal.html
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It sounds as if the refrigerator door gasket has become hard. If this is the case, you can try to soften it with petroleum jelly (or mineral oil) or replace the gasket:

http://www.ehow.com/how_7667754_soft...ator-seal.html
I^d replace it. Most makes you can order on-line. It takes 2-3 days.
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Re: glue for the refriegerator door

Also, check that your fridge-freezer is level.

I had similar problem with the spare fridge-freezer I keep in cellar (full of bulky things like drinks and ice-cream); the freezer door would pop open after a while, which I wouldn't notice until I was next in the cellar.... turned out that the floor in that corner was very slightly uneven and the door was under pressure all the time. A few minutes with a spirit level and some cardboard to wedge the feet on one side solved the problem.
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Re: glue for the refriegerator door

Hi Angela,
It is exactly the same problem as you mention it. but in this case, the refriegerator is fixed in the kitchen, so uneven surface is out of question.
i can see that there is a small glue like thing at the very corner of the door at the bottom which holds the tip of the door and i can see that this glue is very dry which means it has no elasticity any more to allow the door to stick when closed and release when opened. the glue is so small that i am not sure if a picture would help. at the moment, we have kept a dining chair as support to the door that adds little weight to the door when it is closed.

we could live with this solution but we are now moving which means we cannot leave the door like that for the next tenant and i dont know how much the agency may charge to fix it.even if it is a small thing, the cost of a technician will be too high to justify it. so i would like to fix it myself and save some money.

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Hi Angela,
It is exactly the same problem as you mention it. but in this case, the refriegerator is fixed in the kitchen, so uneven surface is out of question.
i can see that there is a small glue like thing at the very corner of the door at the bottom which holds the tip of the door and I can see that this glue is very dry which means it has no elasticity any more to allow the door to stick when closed and release when opened. the glue is so small that i am not sure if a picture would help. at the moment, we have kept a dining chair as support to the door that adds little weight to the door when it is closed.

we could live with this solution but we are now moving which means we cannot leave the door like that for the next tenant and i dont know how much the agency may charge to fix it.even if it is a small thing, the cost of a technician will be too high to justify it. so i would like to fix it myself and save some money.

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Fridge doors aren't held shut by a small bit of 'glue', but by the vacuum created by a 'gasket', the narrow squashy bit of trim that should run the entire circumference of the door.... are you sure a previous tenant hasn't just added a bit of Bluetack as a temporary solution to the problem?
Anyway, if you're living in a rented apartment the refrigerator is not your problem, but the owners. Inform your rental agents/landlord directly and ask them to fix it asap.
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Anyway, if you're living in a rented apartment the refrigerator is not your problem, but the owners. Inform your rental agents/landlord directly and ask them to fix it asap.
Also, if necessary, your liability insurance - in case the landlord decides to try to pin this on you because repair costs are below (about) CHF 150 ("Kleinreparatur", according to rental contracts). Insurance only (possibly) pays if they're informed immediately at the time of discovery of damage.
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Re: glue for the refriegerator door

As explained, the rubber bit that goes all around the rim of the door is called e 'gasket' or 'seal' and when it gets old, it does not work well and the door doesn't close properly.

If you want more technical advice, before you spend any money, take a photo of the problem and put it here on the forum...

Otherwise, speak to your landlord/agency to check what they suggest and who is likely to pay...although usually 'small' repairs are covered by the tenant, we had the fridge and dishwasher both needing repairs and both were electrolux and the same technicial did both...and our landlord paid the bill...you could be lucky...
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Fridge doors aren't held shut by a small bit of 'glue', but by the vacuum created by a 'gasket'.
Absolte nonsense.

It is held closed by the magnetic strip in the gasket.

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Re: glue for the refriegerator door

The gasket or seal is normally magnetic. No glue is involved. Doesn't matter if the fridge is built on.. There are adjuster feet installed.
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Absolte nonsense.

It is held closed by the magnetic strip in the gasket.

Tom
Well it's damned well not held closed by a bit of soddin' blue glue, is it?! Hope groaning at people that are trying to help means you get to sleep at night, because being a total git certainly shouldn't.
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Absolte nonsense.

It is held closed by the magnetic strip in the gasket.

Tom
Yep, inside the seal are long soft magnetic strips that look and feel like chocolate. How do I know? When I was 5, one corner of the seal of our fridge had a small hole, and I thought I discovered the stash of chocolate that my parents hid from me. I tried to open the seal and pull the "chocolate" out. My parents weren't so happy.
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Yep, inside the seal are long soft magnetic strips that look and feel like chocolate. How do I know? When I was 5, one corner of the seal of our fridge had a small hole, and I thought I discovered the stash of chocolate that my parents hid from me. I tried to open the seal and pull the "chocolate" out. My parents weren't so happy.

Good one

Are you sure it's not not a hinge? I had a similar case not that long ago. Replaced one and it's all back to normal now.
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Yep, inside the seal are long soft magnetic strips that look and feel like chocolate. How do I know? When I was 5, one corner of the seal of our fridge had a small hole, and I thought I discovered the stash of chocolate that my parents hid from me. I tried to open the seal and pull the "chocolate" out. My parents weren't so happy.
Did your parents' reaction inspire your username?
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Well it's damned well not held closed by a bit of soddin' blue glue, is it?! Hope groaning at people that are trying to help means you get to sleep at night, because being a total git certainly shouldn't.
No, it's held closed by the magnets, there is no vacuum in any fridge I've ever seen.

Groaning stupid stuff people write is the whole point, no?

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Groaning stupid stuff people write is the whole point, no?

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No, it's held closed by the magnets, there is no vacuum in any fridge I've ever seen.

Groaning stupid stuff people write is the whole point, no?

Tom
Actually both are correct. A fridge has a a magnet in the door gasket, supported by negative air pressure (often called vacuum) created by cooling the warmer air that flows in when the door is open.
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Actually both are correct. A fridge has a a magnet in the door gasket, supported by negative air pressure (often called vacuum) created by cooling the warmer air that flows in when the door is open.
That will only work on fridges that are hermetically sealed.

Most are not, as they have drains for condensation (two of my three do).

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Actually both are correct. A fridge has a a magnet in the door gasket, supported by negative air pressure (often called vacuum) created by cooling the warmer air that flows in when the door is open.
+ any cabinetry attached to the fridge door may have hinges that snap to close position. Some adjustments here may help.

But if she wanted to glue something in her fridge, would advise using one that is non-toxic and does not smell.
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