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Old 09-11-2019, 08:47 AM
 
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I noticed after defrosting my older storage freezer this last time that ice built back up almost immediately and then noticed a gap in the seal (it's simply very old and wearing out). I don't particularly want to put money into it, so was wondering if just applying duct tape all around the opening (I seldom open it) would serve the same purpose. Doesn't duct tape fix everything?
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I noticed after defrosting my older storage freezer this last time that ice built back up almost immediately and then noticed a gap in the seal (it's simply very old and wearing out). I don't particularly want to put money into it, so was wondering if just applying duct tape all around the opening (I seldom open it) would serve the same purpose. Doesn't duct tape fix everything?
Have you seen if you can order a new gasket for it? Look at the model number and see if Amazon has one reasonably.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:03 AM
 
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If you use the freezer so infrequently that you are considering duct taping it, you should probably empty it out and save yourself the $$ in energy costs.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:04 AM
 
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If you use the freezer so infrequently that you are considering duct taping it, you should probably empty it out and save yourself the $$ in energy costs.
I didn't say I USE it infrequently; I said I OPEN it infrequently. I always keep it well stocked.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:21 AM
 
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Have you seen if you can order a new gasket for it? Look at the model number and see if Amazon has one reasonably.
I could, but - again - that's spending money (and doing work). I'm happy to just duct-tape it if that's effective.
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:11 AM
 
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Cling film would be less messy.
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:53 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Neither duct tape nor cling film will work as well as the seal but both are better than nothing. The problem with duct tape, though I swear by it, is that the adhesive is strong, and when you do open it will leave a mess of adhesive and

threads on the door. My suggestion would be the adhesive-backed foam insulation found at the home center for doors or windows. Buy it in 1/2" width, then adhere to the sticky side of 1.5" blue masking tape. Apply so that the foam is on the leaks, and the masking tape is over both the door and the freezer edge.
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:04 PM
 
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I could, but - again - that's spending money (and doing work). I'm happy to just duct-tape it if that's effective.
Spending money on the correct fix for a simple problem makes the best financial sense. Every time you have to rip or cut off all that duct tape to open the freezer you'll need to re-apply it. Just how much duct tape will you throw away before you equal the cost of one new gasket designed to actually do the job?
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Neither duct tape nor cling film will work as well as the seal but both are better than nothing. The problem with duct tape, though I swear by it, is that the adhesive is strong, and when you do open it will leave a mess of adhesive and

threads on the door. My suggestion would be the adhesive-backed foam insulation found at the home center for doors or windows. Buy it in 1/2" width, then adhere to the sticky side of 1.5" blue masking tape. Apply so that the foam is on the leaks, and the masking tape is over both the door and the freezer edge.


Hell; that's more work than a new seal!


OP states, "don't want to spend the money" translates to- I'm lazy. Not spendthrift. $20-30 for a new seal and the door can be opened at any time without having to unwrap it and go through a roll of duct tape every other opening!
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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OP, I would at least price out the correct part. Install is probably not at all difficult. If you were local to me, I would send you to my appliance repair/used appliance guy.
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