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Old 05-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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Sticky Freezer Door

What's the solution for a freezer door that, develops a "vacuum lock" and won't let you re-open it easily to, say, replace the ice cube tray that you just took out a moment ago to get ice cubes. I would think that there should be a vent somewhere to prevent this - but I can't find it.


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Old 05-27-2012, 07:49 PM   #2
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I'd like to know too. Though I wonder if it's supposed to do that.

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Old 05-27-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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in most Dometic units the main box vents via the drain tube for the defrost water, but I am not aware of any similar vent on the freezer. Interesting issue.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:46 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Cracker
... I would think that there should be a vent somewhere to prevent this - but I can't find it.
It certainly seems that when the freezer door is opened and takes on a load of warmer moister air, the sudden temperature change when the door is closed creates a partial vacuum. It can take a substantial tug to get the door open again until the pressure equalizes which may take a minute. I've thought about drilling a 1/8" hole into the plastic door liner to function as a relief vent, but then considered that this "breathing" into the insulation may have some unintended consequences. We have decided it is better to accept it as is and wait a moment when the door will open more easily.
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