Upper Refrigerator door isn't closing tightly or on it's own

ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator

ModelGDL20KCS

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of ApplianceLess than 1 year

Tools Socket set

John From St. Louis, MO

Dec 25, 2008

6 out of 7 people found this instruction helpful

The door seemed like the seal wasn't holding the door shut tightly, also the door wouldn't close on it's own even after adjusting the level so it leaned slightly backwards. I thought at first something had happened to the door seal, but it looked in tact. Then I noticed that there was some rubbing on the steel near the lower pin hinge of the main door. I removed the door, by first removing the 3 bolts that hold the upper door hinge. Then lifted the door off the lower hinge. The door is very light and easy for one person to lift. I found that the lower hinge pin slides into the door which has a plastic bushing called a thimble. This is a washer with a collar on it. For some reason, this bushing was missing it's collar. I simply slid the old one out, and replaced it with the new, slid the door back on it's lower hinge pin, then reinstalled the upper hinge pin after sliding the pin into the uole in the top of the door.
The door closes better now than it ever did, and works very freely when opening. Replacement of the thimble also created a better alignment of the door to the refrigerator body, and now the door seal holds tightly, and once again gives that bit of resistance when you open the door.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

BUSHING

Part Number: PS1018793

$1.81
In Stock