I recently replaced the door seals on a True T-72F freezer. What should have been a simple pull out and snap in swap is becoming a little frustrating. They are not sealing all the way.
I picked them up from United, who verified the model and serial of the unit to make sure I had the right seals. I put them on and only got maybe 50% of it sealing, the other areas of the seal is "compacted" for lack of a better term. United had no suggestions for me so I called the company on the tag that was on the seals and they were frustrated that United did not give me the installation sheet of install tips. The company that made the seals first verified that I had the right part, then they told me lay them out in the sun to get them more pliable and to help strengthen the magnets. Also to make sure with a paper clip that it was magnetic all the way around. Other than that it can take around a week for them to really suck down with the magnets and seal properly. Until then, most people use duct tape to seal things up. If it doesn't eventually seal look into re-adjusting the doors a little.
I rounded up some extra cold storage and moved all the product out, pulled the plug, and installed the seals. It's been 4 days and now I probably have about 75% of it sealing up, with some large gaps yet to fill. If I plug the unit in the doors don't vacuum down and everything frosts up so the freezer is basically useless at the moment.
The school starts Wednesday, I've got to get this resolved in a hurry. Anything I can do to speed this up? The old seals are fully expanded and very pliable while these new ones are still firm. If I put the old seals back in the box will hold temp but the doors ice themselves shut so putting the old seals back in isn't that great an option. I can run my fingers down the seal and it will expand like I need but of course it just shrinks right back down. Anyone ever use maybe some gentle heat and run their fingers down the ridge of the seal to get it more pliable? Should I adjust the doors a little? If so, how?