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Door Seal Gasket for 1965 GE Refrigerator
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Post# 996080   6/3/2018 at 10:34 by DavidAtlas (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)        

Making progress on my TA12SA -- Took apart the door and bleached the discolored plastic back to white (peroxide and sunlight!) -- got touch-up paint made, and some Krud Kutter Rust treatment.

The rust along the seal leads me to believe it needs to be replaced. This one looks like a thinner version of a modern fridge gasket (squared profile, not like the rounded ones I've seen on the antique supply sites) but this model number doesn't turn up anything compatible!!

I don't believe it has any magnets since this has a latch-door. Currently trolling Amazon looking for an approximate match.

Anybody know where I can find replacement door-seal gasket for this era GE?

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Post# 996084 , Reply# 1   6/3/2018 at 10:45 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
GE Non Magnetic Door Seals

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These seals are hard to replace, but unless there is a gap when the door is closed such as to allow a dollar bill to fall out [ remember you can always pull the dollar bill out, but it should not fall out ] There is no reason to replace them.


Rust around the outer edges of the ref has little or NOTHING to due with the door seal, but rather poor insulation under the metal frame edge or bad electric anti-sweat heaters or the ref has been operated in an extremely humid environment for a long period of time, many older refs found they way into very humid basements or garages and suffered this type of damage.


John L.

Post# 996106 , Reply# 2   6/3/2018 at 17:43 by DavidAtlas (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)        
How to save it!?

Hi John,

Thank you for the information!! I thought the rust where the bottom of the door-gasket hits the fridge was from a poor seal. Fixing that with some bondo, next weekend.

Any idea what I can soak this in for a SERIOUS cleaning? It's mostly blackened with mold and rust and most of the cleaning advice online suggests vinegar and a toothbrush but I don't think that's going to cut it, in this case. You can see part of the gasket on the floor in this picture.

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Post# 996119 , Reply# 3   6/3/2018 at 21:10 by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        
Clorox Clean-Up

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Take the door and the gasket down to your basement near the floor drain and spray every part with a lot of Clorox Clean Up and scrub with a larger brush and a toothbrush. Then rinse off when it's clean enough. Also, your basement floor and drain will thank you for cleaning them up too.

Post# 996125 , Reply# 4   6/3/2018 at 21:58 by sfh074 ( )        
Maybe .......

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Post# 996159 , Reply# 5   6/4/2018 at 09:58 by DavidAtlas (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)        
Clorox time

Thanks for the responses! The variety of replacement gaskets is a little intimidating -- so I guess I'll attempt cleaning it with Clorox! I've read that bleach can harm rubber but hell just one go should be okay.

Might start off with a nice sludgy spray of dawn & vinegar (my favorite shower cleaner). Photos to follow!

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