How to Change a Refrigerator Door

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Changing your refrigerator door when it becomes scratched, dented or just too dirty to clean may seem like a task that should be left up to an appliance repairman. You can change the damaged door yourself without calling for the repairman and paying the labor fee when you follow these steps on how to change a refrigerator door.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Socket set
  • Screw driver set

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    Removing the Refrigerator Door

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    Gain access to the bolts or the screws that hold the hinge unit onto the refrigerator. On older refrigerators, the bolts or screws are not covered and can easily be accessed. Most newer refrigerator units have a plastic cover that either snaps on, or is bolted on over the hinge unit, which covers the unsightly bolts or screws.

  2. 2

    On the older refrigerators, remove the bolts or screws from the hinge and the door. Only the door will come free; the hinge unit stays attached to the body of the refrigerator. Pull the door off the pin on the bottom hinge (or the middle hinge).

  3. 3

    On most newer refrigerators, take the bolts or the screws out of the whole hinge unit. Lift the unit off. You may have to pry it off. This will lift the top pin and free the door.

  4. 4

    Hold onto the refrigerator door, as it will quickly come free when you lift the hinge unit off.

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    Lift the refrigerator door off the pin on the middle or the bottom hinge. There is no need to take this hinge off unless it is a middle hinge, and you need to replace the lower refrigerator door. If it is a side by side type of refrigerator, then there are no middle hinges.

    Installing the New Refrigerator Door

  1. 1

    Installing the new door may sound simple, as removing the door is always quick, but this could be the most difficult part (especially on the older refrigerators). On the older refrigerator, line the door up by setting it onto the pin on the bottom or middle hinge, then match up the holes in the top hinge unit with the holes on the refrigerator door. Tighten the bolts back in.

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    On the older models, you may need to adjust the door. This is done by shutting the door to observe if it is crooked. If it is, then you need to loosen the bolts or screws and lift at a corner of the door or pull, and then tighten the bolts again.

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    On the newer models, you set the bottom of the door onto the pin of the bottom or middle hinge. Hold the door and set the pin of the top hinge unit into the hole at the top of the door. Line up the holes of the hinge unit with the bolt holes on the body of the refrigerator. Tighten the bolts in.

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    On newer models, there is not much to adjusting the door because the holes on the hinge unit and on the refrigerator body (if lined up correctly) will be exactly as they were before you took off the old door.

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    All that is left, on some of the newer models, is to pop on or bolt on the cover that hides the bolts or screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a plastic bowl or bag to keep the washers, bolts and screws in. If you lose a washer or a bolt, the door may not be level. Keep in mind, the added weight of food held in the door compartments will affect the level of the door.
  • Older refrigerator doors, especially the large ones, are heavy and awkward. You may need another person to help with the removal of the door.

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