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Barry, I have a Kenmore Elite Freezer (Frigidare Model #

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Hello Barry,
I have a Kenmore Elite Freezer (Frigidare Model # 253.28092806).
This is a large freezer only unit.
We have only had it for 3 years...and until recently...when you would close the would make a load vacuum sound, and seal so well, that you would have a hard time re-opening the door.
Now...It does not make the same vacuum sound (it makes a little noise once in a while, when closing it)...and we find it very easy to open most of the time. It is keeping the food frozen...but it runs most of the time.
Any suggestions...?
Thanks for your time!
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Tyler Z. replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Tyler Z. replied 10 months ago.

So to be honest, that vacuum sound and suction you were experiencing is not what the manufacture intended. That occurs when the unit is sealing up TOO well. Often times that is due to being shut and wrapped with plastic wrap when they ship these units causing the seal to form too well with the frame of the refrigerator. Now this usually goes away over time as dust and less pressure on the door occur, but it's not a problem, it's just how the unit was designed. They don't want it to seal up too much or the door can't be re-opened right away because it's not allowing the pressure to equalize properly.

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