August Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford
Using a dollar bill to test the seal on your fridge.

Using a dollar bill to test the seal on your fridge.

To-Do #6: Clean and Test Refrigerator Door Seal

Start by cleaning the door gaskets on your refrigerator thoroughly with soap and water, then inspect the gaskets for cracks or tears.

To test how well the gasket seals, place a dollar bill between the gasket and fridge, close the door, and try to pull the bill out. If the seal is working properly, you should feel resistance as you pull. If the paper bill pulls out easily, you may need to align the refrigerator door or replace the gasket.

If the gasket isn't sealing, start by checking to make sure the door is aligned squarely on the hinges. If it’s not, adjust as needed, following the instructions in the refrigerator manual.

If the refrigerator still isn’t sealing properly, replace the gasket by pulling the old one out of its groove (look behind it first to see if it's held on with screws). Press the new gasket gently into the groove, and replace any screws when you're done.

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  • Ann Says:
    August 2nd, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Pressure washed the outside of my air conditioner. Now some of the out side is closed up . How do I open up the grill on it.


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    August 2nd, 2015 at 12:45 pm

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    August 2nd, 2015 at 11:51 am

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  • Penn Says:
    August 1st, 2015 at 9:48 am

    When cleaning the refrigerator coils, go the extra distance and clean the refrigerator fan as well. On my old model, it’s accessed at the back of the unit, at the bottom, and requires removal of a couple of screws. Those fans can become nearly clogged with dust, dirt, and pet hair over time. Cleaning them can really improve the performance of the refrigerator. Mine stopped switching on as often, which saved on the electric bill. MUST UNPLUG REFRIGERATOR BEFORE DOING COILS OR FAN!!!



  • Lise Says:
    August 31st, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I have cement stairs in the front of my house , they have been painted many many times now it needs new paint but I`m having a hard time to get all the old paint off do you have any idea how to get it all off ..thx



  • JC Says:
    August 1st, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Question about ac unit indoors. I have removed old filter and replace with new. Notice coils are dirty with dust that is wet. What are some ways to clean the coil, and inside until.



  • Holly S Says:
    August 1st, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Great list! Thanks



  • Karen Says:
    August 18th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    What can I do to repair or replace the wood that has pulled apart from the right angles that frame our bay window? I have tried caulking, but the gaps seem to be too wide.


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