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Old 08-27-2012, 11:42 PM   #1
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Refrigerator seals too tight ???

Hi....the fridge on our 2011 AS...seals WAY too tight!! It has some sort of funky dig your fingers deep in the side of the door and then stand on the other side and jerk, jerk, jerk to get it open. Surely there has to be a better way. Has anyone replaced the door handles on their Domestic ??? Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:29 AM   #2
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This may sound insulting but that's not my intent. Do you realize that the handles have a latch built into them to keep the doors from opening while traveling? Maybe your ripping the latch open. a gentle squeeze of the handle should release the latch and open the door.
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:46 AM   #3
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Hi, squeeze the release handles.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:55 AM   #4
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Hi...no insult taken. We understand the purpose of the door handles...but there is nothing to squeeze. The handles are flush to the door and in order to open them you have to reach in behind them and push the latch that is keeping the door from opening. But the door has sealed sooooo tight....you have to wrangle the door open. You can hear the thing sealing as soon as you gently move the door to close. A high pitched squeal starts...and next thing you know it's a vacuum lock. I want real door handles....is that something that can be changed out ?
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:22 AM   #5
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My 2005 vacuum locks also. No way short of a paint scrapper are you getting my door open within 20 seconds of closing it. This is especially true for the freezer.

I consider it a feature!
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:42 AM   #6
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Our replaced frig in our 2004 seals tight as well and I feel it's just the way the things are designed. Somehow, we manage; however, the "Better Half" frequently comments about it. Good luck.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:00 AM   #7
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the freezer becomes hermetically sealed but the lower section should vent through the drain under the coils inside the fridge. check that the drain is not clogged between the inside of the fridge and the drip cup on the back of the fridge.

they must use the same gaskets as the ones that glue themselves to the windows ;-)
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:28 AM   #8
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the freezer becomes hermetically sealed but the lower section should vent through the drain under the coils inside the fridge. check that the drain is not clogged between the inside of the fridge and the drip cup on the back of the fridge.

they must use the same gaskets as the ones that glue themselves to the windows ;-)
This reminds me. I used 303 Aerospace on my windows 2 years ago and they have never stuck since. Try that on the fridge gasket?
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it might work. give it a try!
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:51 PM   #10
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I don't know if home versus RV options have mingled much, but refrigerator/freezer and freezers sometimes have the added option to pump as much warm humid air out of the compartments before it can cause frost via an electrical cycle that begins the moment the interior light goes off when the door closes. We had a freezer that would not be opened for better than a minute after closing the door from that feature. Could that be the squeal you hear after closing the door?
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Tight Fridge/Freezer Handles

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Hi....the fridge on our 2011 AS...seals WAY too tight!!
Our freezer seals tight like that. We have to wait a while after closing it before we can open it again.

The fridge does not seal as tight, though.

A good seal probably helps you to keep the cold in, but it sounds like this is a bit much.

Have you called the manufacturer?

BTW, dznf0g, what is 303 Aerospace?
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Our freezer seals tight like that. We have to wait a while after closing it before we can open it again.

The fridge does not seal as tight, though.

A good seal probably helps you to keep the cold in, but it sounds like this is a bit much.

Have you called the manufacturer?

BTW, dznf0g, what is 303 Aerospace?
It is a non-greasy or oily protectant with UV protection. I use it in place of Armour All. Much superior as a protectant for most anything rubber plastic, fiberglass etc. Doesn't attract dust. Works well on those pesky window seals, the propane lid, Classic rear bumpers, plastic vent and skylight covers.....everything plastic. Great stuff. It was designed for NASA for space stuff for the UV protectant properties.

Amazon.com: aerospace protectant 303

PS, I'd use it all over on your glass MH.
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It's the pressure differential created when the warm air you let in by opening the doors cools and contracts. Indicates a real good seal, which is what you want.

To test this theory put a straw or something in the door when you close it so it will allow outside air to enter. Then open it. If it's loose, it's the pressure differential.

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Doug, many of us have fridges open to the outside through the water drain tube. On those, I don't think it's a pressure thing.
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