Asked on Jan 14, 2018

My refridgerater door slams shut, how do I slow it down?

Suzanne Szetela
by Suzanne Szetela
The fridge door slams shut, making the freezer door open and shut, and all my frozen foods are all icy. I want to slow the fridge door down.

  8 answers
  • Jude Jude on Jan 14, 2018

    Have you checked to see if your fridge is level? We had a fridge that did this and I leveled It. Problem solved. BUT. . . .you have to check the level on front and back and both sides. It's a pain in the backside to get it level but you will be happier when you are finished. Good luck!! Let me know how it goes.

  • Shuganne Shuganne on Jan 14, 2018

    I would also change the seals around both doors. If closing the fridge can pop the freezer open, there's not a very tight seal. It's probably allowing warm air and extra moisture in even when closed. The seals are a combination of magnets and stiff plastic tubes. The plastic wears thin after several years and probably cleaning products stiffen or soften the plastic, too. I didn't have very good luck at changing mine and ended up paying for a service call. Yes it came with directions and I've tackled plumbing, tractor repairs, and all sorts of household chores, but this one eluded me. Maybe someone else has better advice on seal replacement?

  • M. M.. M. M.. on Jan 14, 2018

    A fast-closing door might be caused by a lot of weight inside the door,like heavy glass jars, etc. Try removing everything from the door and if it shuts differently. I agree that your freezer door shouldn't pop open like that. Best test for seals is to close the door on a dollar bill and see if you can pull the bill out. It should slide out,but have good resistance.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jan 14, 2018

    Yes, check the level of the refrigerator - and the floor. The refrigerator may be level but the floor is not.

  • Suzanne Szetela Suzanne Szetela on Jan 14, 2018

    Thanks everyone, I will take your advise on checking to see if fridge is level!

  • William William on Jan 14, 2018

    The fridge is tilted back too much. The front has adjusting feet to tilt the fridge so the doors close. Yours is tilted back too much that causes the door to slam rather than close.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Jan 15, 2018

    There are wheels under your refrigerator or little knobs that you can raise up and down until the door shuts slowly. Most fridges are higher in the front so the door will close by itself. If they are too high they will slam shut, too low and you will have to close the door manually.

  • Suzanne Szetela Suzanne Szetela on Jan 15, 2018

    Thanks Chubby, I'm gonna try to get to it this week. Appreciate the suggestion.