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Old 09-27-2013, 03:12 PM   #1
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how to check refer gasket seal

I have a dometic in my 01. Wanted to check the gaskets tightness/seal out on the refer and freezer side. Thought you put a piece of paper in the door and pulled on it to see how tight the gasket seal is? I am not sure that is the correct way? Any suggestions?

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Old 09-27-2013, 03:21 PM   #2
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Yep, some people use a dollar bill, but some use 100's also!

The bill (what ever you normally carry in your wallet) should not pull out easily, there should be a lot (or at least some) resistance

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Old 09-27-2013, 04:23 PM   #3
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I found resistance with the dollar bill test, but not a lot. I had a frost problem in the freezer and replaced the seals anyway. I seems to have cured the frost problem, but I still don't get a lot of resistance.

My refer side works fine, keeps things below 40, but my freezer is in the high 20s. I would like to see it below 10, or at least in the teens.

I bought and infrared/laser guided temperature measuring device at Harbor Freight on sale for $40. I don't find any door leaks with it on either the freezer or refer side (temperature measures the same as the ambient room temperature near the refer). I also can't find any sources of heat inside the freezer box. By heat, I mean finding a spot that is warmer than the rest of the freezer.

So I'm at a loss, and of course they don't make refers in that size anymore.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:18 PM   #4
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GM, you don't say what refrigerator you have. I have the original NDR1062 and my freezer is at zero and the refrigerator is around 35. I did replace the control unit with a Dinosaur one and also the thermistor. If you have the side by side I don't know what to suggest as you may just need to replace it. Several people have gone the residential route.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:36 PM   #5
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The only bills my DW let's me look at are the ones that come in the mail. The only money the DW let's me carry are coins. I think they are to thick to check the seals on the refrigerator or freezer. I hope you have better luck than i do in getting the type of bill you need to check the seals.
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Old 09-28-2013, 04:43 PM   #6
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Any piece of paper will do the trick on testing. our door gaskets were bad. Not-so-cold doesn't have replacement gaskets. No that would be to simple. they wanted to sell me complete NEW interior door liners with new gaskets. did I mention they wanted $1200? Instead I went to a local industrial rubber gasket distributor, told them how thick I wanted a new gasket and they furnished me one to do each door for less than 100 bucks. No more ICE build up and the stuff inside is colder than ever before. I bought a foam gasket 1/2 in wide by 3/4 in thick with sticky on one side. Applied on along side old gasket forming almost a dual gasket barrier. don't be a victim to these outrageous companies. safe travels... ed
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:36 PM   #7
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put camera inside and run vid see if light comes through
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:10 PM   #8
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When we travel for any length of time my wife puts in the refrigerator a small fan about 3"X3" that runs on a couple of D batters they have them in just about every R.V. Store it helps circle late the air inside the fridge.
When you open up the door do not leave the door open to long because thats where the frost comes from.
It will last for 6 or 7 weeks before my wife will put everything in plastic bags and put them in the tub until she finishes defrosting the frig. then she puts everything back into the frig.
Just a thought.

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