When it comes to understanding your refrigeration door gaskets, it’s important to know about the different styles available and which one is best for your commercial appliances. As a business owner with many gasket options available, it can be challenging to know which to choose or which is designed to fit your particular refrigeration unit.

While you can reference the gasket style you need via your appliance’s model and serial numbers, there are also gasket profiles to consider, like shapes that aren’t as obvious. If you select the wrong fit, the gasket won’t seal your appliance doors correctly— potentially leading to spoiled food and heat leakage as a result.

Below is a guide to commercial refrigeration door gaskets, their style differences, and ideal applications by industry.


What are the Different Styles of Refrigeration Door Gaskets?

Refrigeration door profile   refer to the physical design of them. Each gasket style differs in the way it looks, installs, and is maintained with your appliances.

Here are the most common types of commercial gaskets with average costs and best-use cases so you can make a better-informed decision for your business.

Compression Gaskets

A compression gasket looks like a narrow half-circle and integrates into your refrigeration doors with magnetic or compressed pressure. It is made of either PVC or Santoprene® which affords a variety of temperature ranges and durability. They come in different profiles, which vary on your appliance’s design and brand.

Commercial compression gaskets are typically used in conjunction with mechanical latch and strike mechanisms due to the absence of a magnetic element. These profiles are considered more of an "old style" and are less popular than those that are magnetic for most refrigerator doors. They are primarily used as drawer gaskets.

Glass Door Gaskets

A glass door gasket is straightforward—they’re seals designed for refrigeration appliances with glass doors.

They can be made from a wide range of gasket materials:

  • PVC
  • Santoprene®

Their installation easily molds around glass doors and protects them from shattering when frequently opening and closing. Glass door gaskets also come in many profiles to suit diverse appliance sizes and industries.

Common applications include supermarkets and convenience stores with   coolers that want to display their refrigerated and frozen commodities for customers without needing to open them.      

Panel Gaskets

A panel gasket uses a T-like letter slot to integrate with refrigerator panels. These types of refrigerator gaskets secure panels from hitting the appliance doors when they open. Panel gaskets can be made from various materials, including PVC, silicone, and thermoplastic rubbers (TPE).

Fridge panels are often used for visual aesthetics to give the appearance that appliances are built-in. Panels create a cabinet-like design around your appliances for curb appeal and can be made of wood, plastic, or stainless steel.

Common commercial applications for panel gaskets include schools, hotels, and hospitals. However, they’re also often used in warehouses to store bulk refrigerated commodities in walk-in coolers.      

Push-In Gaskets

A push-in gasket is installed simply by being pushed into your refrigeration doors. They have a dart-like shape to seal the door’s hinged sides that have a grooved frame structure. Push-in gaskets are often magnetic to further secure refrigeration appliance doors. They’re similar to snap-in door gaskets but have a more rectangular or square-shaped insert.

Push-in refrigeration door gaskets are often manufactured with magnetic and synthetic rubber materials like EPDM and PVC. Primarily used for walk-in refrigeration in restaurants, industrial facilities, and warehouses to minimize noise since they minimize vibration when appliances are running.      

Screw-In Gaskets

A screw-in gasket is installed by using stainless steel screws to secure the lower lip into your appliance doors. They have similar profiles with a rectangular top   are sometimes provided for screws. It's also magnetic to further secure and seal refrigeration doors.

A screw-in fridge door gasket typically uses PVC or Santoprene® materials. Common industry applications include restaurants and food service facilities, typically in under-counter and reach-in types of refrigerators.  

Snap-In Gaskets

A snap-in gasket is clear in its installation. Its dart-style base snaps into a slot in the retainer strip of your refrigeration appliance doors. Available in both PVC and Santoprene®, this is the most popular type of profile for solid-style refrigerator doors.  Snap-in refrigeration door gaskets have a similar profile shape to push-in gaskets, except the dart is more triangular or arrow-shaped versus rectangular/square.

Since snap-in commercial gaskets are often made of Santoprene®, which has a high-temperature tolerance range, it’s used in more freezing climates that require them, like freezers and walk-in coolers. Medical and hospitality industries with larger refrigeration appliances that require strong durability can benefit from these types of door gaskets.


Get Help Choosing the Best Commercial Refrigeration Door Gaskets for Your Business

At Breakaway Enterprises, we help businesses select the right door gaskets for their unique needs. We’re a distributor and manufacturer of premium quality commercial refrigeration door gaskets. Our gasket inventory is designed to fit any door, model, and appliance for diverse industries. The parts we offer are identical to most OEM brand models, like Anthony and Kolpak.

If you don’t see what you need in stock, we can custom-make gaskets for you that are compatible with your refrigeration appliances.

Still need help deciding which commercial gaskets are best? Contact us with any questions to find the best sealing solution today!


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