Kitchen Query: Refrigerator Seal Leak

leaking seal refrigerator Kitchen Query: Refrigerator Seal Leak
A reader recently submitted the following question regarding their refrigerator seal not functioning properly. We’ve encountered this issue a lot and in times of saving energy, making sure our appliances are as efficient as possible is paramount. We’ve tackled this issue before, but hopefully our other readers can help him out.
My refrigerator has two visible places where the old, dry, rubberish seal is not firmly, flushly, sealed…the rubber seems bent and warped at one place near the bottom opening corner, and one on the top, oddly it seems somehow lower than it should be – leading directly into the inside of the ‘frige – so it’s not just that the seal is’nt flush against the outer perimeter, the holes lead directly inside to where it’s cold.


The refrigerator runs fine, but I’m guessing this seal problem wastes power, and my food gets condensation! I can’t tell if cold air is getting out, I think i felt some, but I don’t know if that’s just the bottom of the ‘frige letting out coolness or what…? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • http://ouroakland.net Gene

    Here in Oakland, Habitat for Humanity East Bay has been building low-income housing that’s LEED Gold rated.

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      Can any LEED AP’s chime in on what makes the difference between Gold and Platinum certification? Thanks for sharing Gene.

      • http://frankrobbins.blogspot.com/ Frank Robbins

        It’s a tough thing to put your finger on, it all comes down to points. There are a whole host of sections to LEED that one can gain points on. When I spoke with Mark Jupiter, one of the founders of New World Home, he mentioned that his homes come out of the factory somewhere between silver and gold certifiable. If we take that as true, I would say that the thing that makes this particular home LEED Platinum where the home is placed (Sustainable Sites) and how the landscaping is handled (low irrigation needs, native plants that need less or no watering etc.) Hope that was helpful.

        • http://www.charlesandhudson.com Charles & Hudson

          Thanks for clearing that up! Sometimes these certifications seem arbitrary but we tend to forget the exterior landscaping and the impact that can have on the rating. BTW Frank is a LEED AP and regularly contributes to JetsonGreen, he’s also the author of a few green building books for children.

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    I am not entirely surprised by this post. I know Lowe’s Home Improvement is striving to create tools and fixtures that are as green as possible. It is one of their prime concerns. These tools should already be out in stores, or will be soon. LEED is currently a thing of the future, but I believe it will be very common very soon. I definitely believe LEED certified homes will be available, if not common, for the middle class.

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      I agree with you Lesley. Changes are happening so fast that LEED being common is not that far away. This would greatly benefit us all.

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    Our company builds quality homes for the middle class.” … Had we also not presented an affordable and LEED certified design!

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