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Posted: 05/14/22 06:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Williebago wrote:

We have a 3 year old Whirlpool 10 cu ft fridge that keeps having the tabs which are molded into the door to hold the door shelf fail as we drive down the road.

It is a very poor design to put that type of unreinforced tab on a door, but it probably works on a fixed unit in an apartment, but not in a rolling earthquake like an RV.

Anyone else had this type of a problem and if so, what did you do to resolve it?


IMO, the "key" word here is in the title of your post. "residential"

You could try putting only light items in the door, or, as others have suggested, reinforce the mounting areas, or figure out a way to shock mount the refrigerator. The bottom line is that the refrigerator (materials) was not made for the use it is getting. You can't blame Whirlpool for that.

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OK Here is my first try on the forum at posting a picture. And I will try some JB Quick.

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That is the perfect application for a JB Quick repair. After practicing with a small amount first, you will need to mix at least 1/2 of each of the little tubes together.

Force as much as you can inside the hole (dig out some of the insulation foam) especially all around the edges. Then fill up the broken part that is in your fingers.

Mate all this big sticky mess together, glue should oooze out all around. Have a roll of paper towels and a bottle of rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits pre staged to clean up the mess.

Clean up fast as this stuff will get real thick in five minutes, the longer it sets up the more difficult it will be to clean up.

Practice first, good luck.

PS, That is a shame the door material is so thin. Mine was the same way and it was an RV fridge!

If the repair shows through the clear shelf, paint it with white fingernail polish.

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Thank you for the tip on the JB Quick. Never used that product before. I am thinking about shaping a wooden peg to insert into the door insulation as well as inside the plastic tab as more substantial reinforcement. We will see how that works.

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Roger10378 wrote:

That is the problem with using a Residential refrigerator in a RV. They are not made to be shaken while they are loaded. I am surprised more people don't have the same problem.


Truth.

Even home fridges in an apartment or house can have shelf failures.
I finally added I think alien tape to mine here.. I've used screws in the past.


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Williebago wrote:

Thank you for the tip on the JB Quick. Never used that product before. I am thinking about shaping a wooden peg to insert into the door insulation as well as inside the plastic tab as more substantial reinforcement. We will see how that works.


That is a great idea! I have used wood backer pieces held in with JB Quick to fix stripped screws in thin RV paneling several times for an instant repair.

Your repair will be much stronger than the factory presentation.

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