The modern fridges They have become essential household appliances in our homes, pieces of advanced technology that have multiple functions inside to help us preserve food better and keep our favorite drinks and appetizers very cool.
The most cutting-edge models have television screens, transparent glass, LED lights that imitate the Sun to keep vegetables fresher, super-efficient compressors, WiFi connection, etc. But then all this is useless if one of its simplest components it is broken or not working well.
I am referring to rubber weather stripping that is placed along the door, which is nothing more than the main insulator of the equipment and the one in charge of don’t escape the cold outside from the fridge or heat from outside.
If the refrigerator and all its internal technology are in poor condition, it will not perform as it should and we will have higher temperatures inside and electrical consumption that can skyrocket. How can we know if they work well and are doing their job?
Checking the fridge gasket
To find out if the rubber seal that surrounds the refrigerator doors is in good condition, the first thing to do is take a quick look moving the folds a little with your fingers but without using too much force, since this way we can check all along its perimeter if there are cracks and if the plastic is in good condition.
It may appear that the rubber is fine to us and we can not find structural damage to the naked eye. But we can begin to suspect that something is not correct and that it is not isolating everything that it should if, for example, we usually have lots of ice in the freezeran excess of water droplets in the fridge, and the compressor works all day when years ago it only came on once in a while.
Another indicator that we can check in a simple way is the one related to the force of pressure to be applied to reopen the door as soon as we closed it. In general, snug fitting weatherstripping will create a watertight compartment with a pressure difference between the inside and outside of the fridge, making it It’s hard for us to open the door if we just closed it. The force that must be applied will depend on the model and, above all, on the good condition of the weather stripping rubber.
Hence, it is common that as soon as we buy the refrigerator we have this effect that it is very difficult for us to open the door and later, as the years go by, it loses pressure.
And it is precisely this effect that tries to verify a curious trick that It has gone viral on TikTok where the user _tuHogar explains how to test the tightness of the refrigerator or freezer door. For this, it is helped by A sheet of paper which he places on the edge of the fridge and closes the door.
if once closed you can pull the blade in and out effortlessly this indicates that the rubber is not in good condition and you have to change it. In the video they explain that you can try to repair it by applying heat with a hair dryer, although this may not work in all cases as it will depend on the composition of the rubber. In addition, it is likely that in a short time it will return to its original state.
What can we do then if our weather stripping is no longer in good condition? well i’m afraid it will have to be changedsomething that can be simple and cheap in some models with standard spare parts but more expensive in others where we will have to resort to the official technical service of the manufacturer.
Cover image | Zac Gudakov
Via | TikTok
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