When your fridge door won’t stay closed, there are a few common reasons why. The top 3 reasons why a Viking refrigerator door won’t close properly include:
1. Damaged door seal or gasket
2. An unleveled refrigerator
3. Broken refrigerator door hinges
When your Viking fridge door won’t stay closed, it’s often due to a damaged or broken door gasket.
A door seal or gasket is the rubber part that lines your refrigerator door.
Gaskets are important because, when your refrigerator door is closed, they create a complete seal, which prevents warm, humid air from entering the appliance and prevents the cool air from escaping.
To determine whether or not you’ll need to replace your Viking refrigerator’s door gaskets, you’ll first need to test and then visually inspect the seal.
A quick and easy way to tell whether your door gasket is sealing properly is to perform what we call the paper test.
For this, all you’ll need is a single sheet of paper. Start by closing the door on the slip of paper and then trying to pull the paper out with the door still closed.
With a proper seal, the piece of paper should offer quite a bit of resistance before coming out.
On the other hand, if there’s little to no resistance, it’s a good indication that your door seal is no longer doing its job.
Fortunately, replacing a door gasket isn’t very expensive or difficult to do, even on your own.
All you’ll need is a screwdriver to remove the broken door gasket, and remove any screws or brackets that may be holding it in place.
Then, once you’ve removed the worn-out door seal, replace it with a new one. Use the screwdriver to replace the screws.
Just make sure to purchase the proper replacement gasket for your specific make and model of refrigerator.
One of the most common reasons why your Viking refrigerator door isn’t closing properly is because it isn’t level.
If your refrigerator is standing at an angle, the door might not close properly, allowing cool air to escape, which can end up costing you more than necessary on your electricity bills. In this case, you can get your Viking refrigerator to run more efficiently by levelling out the appliance.
Most modern refrigeration units come with adjustable legs. To access these legs, you might need to remove the grill at the bottom. Then, simply twist or turn the legs in either direction to balance the fridge accordingly.
A bubble level is the best tool to help get this job done. We also recommend working with a buddy to avoid injury.
Broken door hinges can also explain why your Viking refrigerator door isn’t closing.
A broken or loose hinge can cause the fridge door to tilt or shift downward. If the refrigerator door is tilting, it won’t be able to create a perfect seal. In turn, it will lose cool air and the appliance won’t run efficiently.
Check to see if the door hinges are broken, or if they’ve simply come loose. If so, tightening any loose hinge screws is a quick, easy fix.
Alternatively, replacing door hinges requires a bit more time and effort.
So if you aren’t sure how to replace door hinges, learn from the best. Get in touch with an appliance repair service for help.