How To Make a Refrigerator Door Stay Closed

There's nothing more frustrating than closing your refrigerator only to see the door swing back open. Not only does this waste energy, but it can also cause your food to spoil. The bottom line is that you can't take the chance of food-borne illness bacteria growing inside your refrigerator; therefore, you must keep the door closed when it's not in use. If you aren't sure on how to accomplish this, keep reading and we'll walk you through some steps to keep your refrigerator door closed.

Is It Level?

One of the first things you should do is check to see if your refrigerator is level. If the front of your refrigerator is lower than the rear, it may cause the door to swing and stay open. The easiest way to determine this is to simply place a leveler stick directly on top of your refrigerator. Once it's laid out, look to see where the air bubble is inside the leveler. Ideally, the air bubble should be sitting directly in the middle, as this means it's completely level. If it's off to the one of the sides, then your refrigerator isn't level.


Depending on the exact make and model of your refrigerator, fixing a leveling problem may or may not be an easy issue. Get down on your hands and knees and shine a flashlight down around the "feet" of your unit. You can usually turn these feet clockwise to increase their length. Alternatively, you can place some cheap cardboard coasters underneath the short ones to increase their height as well.

Clean The Seal

Sometimes the reason why a refrigerator door isn't closing is due to a dirty seal. When mildew or liquid residue begins to form on the door seal, it creates a slippery layer that prevents it from closing properly. Take a minute to open the door and clean the seal on both the door itself and the refrigerator. There are a few different ways to clean the seal, but I recommend using a solution of white, distilled vinegar dilluted with water. Spray the seal with the dilluted vinegar and wipe it down with a wash cloth or scrub brush. Once you've cleaned it, go back over it with a clean wash cloth to remove any excess vinegar and moisture.

Hopefully one of the two methods listed above will help get your refrigerator door back to working the way it should. If it's still causing you trouble, don't hesitate to call a professional to come out and service your unit.