reasons why viking refrigerator door wont close

Top 3 Reasons Why Your Viking Refrigerator Door Won’t Close Properly

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

Safety Warning: Before you ever attempt to make any repairs to your Viking refrigerator, or any other appliance, be sure to turn off the power to the appliance. If the proper precautions are not taken, it’s possible to shock and injure yourself when the power is left on.

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The Door Won’t Stay Closed

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.

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Worn-Out Door Gaskets (Paper Test)

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.

When do you need to replace the gasket?

When Do You Need To Replace The Gasket?

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.

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Level The 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 refrigerator door hinges

Broken Refrigerator Door Hinges

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.

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When to DIY Vs. Contact a Technician

For simple issues like a broken door gasket, making the repair yourself is something you might be able to handle on your own. However, when it comes to major appliance repairs, there might be a bigger issue hiding behind a smaller problem. To make sure your Viking refrigerator is working at its best, why not get involved with a local appliance repair service like Viking Appliance Pros?

We can send over a technician who can address your concerns and have your appliance running at its best in no time. Got a refrigerator problem? Don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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