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Scary Gaskets

Posted by 23rd Oct 2023

We know you've got a million things on your plate, but there's a kitchen superhero you might be forgetting to check on – your gaskets! These unassuming strips of rubber are the unsung protectors of your precious refrigerators and freezers. Keeping them in top shape is the difference between a kitchen nightmare and a dream kitchen that functions like a well-oiled machine.

We always recommend scheduling with your local Gasket Guy for a thorough and professional inspection of your kitchen. It is the can’t fail solution that you will thank yourself for. They help you keep your cool! If you are wondering if it is time to schedule an appointment (if you are wondering, it probably is), here are a few ways to check what’s going on yourself. It might be a bit scary, so brace yourself!

1. Dirty Gaskets: The Sneaky Culprits

You might think your gaskets are just there to keep your fridge door closed, but they're doing so much more. They help maintain the temperature, ensuring your precious ingredients stay fresh and your ice cream stays solid. If your gaskets are caked with grime or coated in mystery goo, they can't do their job properly. So, the next time you're hunting for that rogue pickle jar, give your gaskets a little inspection. A quick wipe-down can work wonders.

2. Old Worn-Out Gaskets: The Houdinis of Heat

Gaskets are like wizards when they're brand new, magically sealing your appliances shut and locking in the coolness. But over time, they can start to wear out. If you notice cracks, splits, or just a general lack of springiness, it's time to think about replacements. Old gaskets might not be able to keep the heat out or the cool in, and that can lead to food spoilage, higher energy bills, and a lot of frustration.

3. Aged Gaskets: The Grandpas of Your Kitchen

Age is a beautiful thing, but not when it comes to gaskets. If your gaskets are starting to show their years, they could be costing you a pretty penny. As gaskets age, they lose their elasticity and sealing power. Keep a record of when your gaskets and other kitchen essentials are replaced so you don’t leave yourself wondering. 12 months is the maximum you should rely on a gasket to work properly.

Why Should You Care?

Let's cut to the chase – ignoring gasket maintenance can be a recipe for disaster. Higher energy bills, inconsistent temperatures, and wasted food can all result from gaskets that are past their prime. Plus, gaskets that aren't doing their job can put extra stress on your appliances, leading to costly repairs or replacements. In the busy world of restaurant management, who has time for that?

How to Check Your Gaskets: The Kitchen Detective Guide

Okay, it's not quite as exciting as a mystery novel, but it's a handy skill to have. Here's how to be your kitchen's own detective:

Visual Inspection: Look for visible cracks, tears, or signs of wear and tear. If you spot anything unusual, it's time to consider a replacement.

Dollar Bill Test: Close the refrigerator or freezer door on a dollar bill. If you can pull it out without much resistance, it's time for a new gasket. This is not as reliable as the tests your Gasket Guy will conduct, which is why we recommend calling them.

Light Test: Step into the walk-in and shut the door behind you(make sure you have a safe escape plan!). Is there light coming in from the outside? This is a bad sign! You will definitely need to take action.

Other Areas of Concern:

If you have glass doors that are having trouble opening or closing, drawers getting stuck, etc., fix it now, not later. Like gaskets, waiting too long for these simple repairs can cost valuable money and time. To keep your kitchen in top shape hygienically, we also recommend regular replacement of cutting boards and strip curtains.

Why Gasket Guy?

When it's time to replace your gaskets, we've got you covered. Gasket Guy is your one-stop-shop for high-quality gaskets that will have your appliances feeling young and vibrant again. We offer gaskets for a wide range of refrigerator and freezer brands, and we're here to help you find the perfect fit.

So, don't let your kitchen turn into a sauna – check your gaskets and give us a shout when it's time for a replacement. Your wallet, your food, and your precious kitchen gadgets will thank you. Always keep your cool!