Refrigerator Door Won't Stay Closed? Here's How To Fix It!

If you keep finding your refrigerator's door slightly ajar, then it likely has one minor problem or another. Typically, refrigerator door problems are simple to fix and seldom require an appliance repair professional. However, it's vital you repair problems as soon as possible. If you don't, then the refrigerator's motor will work overtime trying to keep things cool and this will jack up your electric bill.

To fix the problem with your refrigerator's door, check out each of the following potential problems and their solutions:

There is an Obstruction Blocking the Door from Properly Closing

The most common cause of refrigerator door issues is simply something inside of it blocking the path of the door. This can be a large bottle of soda or milk on a shelf or it can even be a small container on the door that's hitting one of the shelves.

Before you perform any other troubleshooting, open and close the door a few times and watch inside to see if anything is blocking the door's path. If it is, move things around and the problem will be solved.

The Magnetic Door Seal is Too Old and Needs Replacement

The rubber gasket that runs all the way around your refrigerator door was magnetized when it was manufactured. The magnetization is what makes the door lock into place when you close it. After a few years, the gasket can lose its magnetization. When this happens, the door won't stay closed.

If the door on your refrigerator closes but it won't stay closed, then the rubber seal needs to be replaced. You can purchase a new one at your local hardware store and it is simple to replace by following the directions on the packaging.

The Door Hinges Are Soiled

Your refrigerator's door has two hinges. When the hinges get gunked up with dust and grease they can block the door from successfully closing. Take a good look at the hinges to determine if they are dirty. If so, the best thing to clean them with is some liquid dish soap and warm water. 

For Further Assistance

Finally, if you have looked at each of the common problems above and still can't figure out what's wrong with the refrigerator door, then it's time to call in an appliance repair professional. It's possible one of the door hinges is damaged or needs to be adjusted, and this typically isn't a DIY project.

If you think that your fridge needs maintenance, call an appliance repair service immediately.