How to Change the Side Your Refrigerator Door Opens on a Whirlpool Gold

Written by daniel holzer
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Whirlpool is best known for its dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers. It also manufactures water heaters, water filtration systems, stoves and ovens, trash compactors, microwaves and refrigerators. Whirlpool offers a line of refrigerators referred to as Whirlpool Gold, which as of 2010 has 17 models. Many refrigerators in the Whirlpool Gold line are designed to allow you to change or reverse the way the refrigerator opens to customise it for your comfort and convenience.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Hex screwdriver
  • Whirlpool hardware pack

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  1. 1

    Open the refrigerator and freezer doors. Locate the hex screws holding the centre hinge to the refrigerator. Unscrew them with the hex screwdriver and remove.

  2. 2

    Search for the hex screws holding the top hinge to the top of the refrigerator. Remove the hinge cover if applicable and unscrew the hex screws, holding the freezer door while you do so. Remove the screws and remove the freezer door, setting them aside.

  3. 3

    Remove the door stop screws with the Phillips screwdriver to remove the hinge and take off the refrigerator door.

  4. 4

    Search for the screws at the top and bottom lips of the freezer and refrigerator doors. Use the flathead screwdriver to remove the screws holding the door handles to both doors. Place the handles on the opposite side of its respective door and secure them with the screws.

  5. 5

    Place the centre hinge on the opposite side of the refrigerator from where it was before and secure with the hex screws, using the hex screwdriver.

  6. 6

    Slide the freezer door onto the centre hinge, placing the top hinge on the door as well. Use the Phillips screwdriver to secure the top hinge on the same side as the centre hinge with the Phillips screws. Replace the hinge cover if applicable.

  7. 7

    Place the refrigerator door under the centre hinge and pull up slightly to align with the hinge. Holding the door, place the door stop hinge on the same side as the centre and top hinges and secure to the refrigerator and refrigerator door with the Phillips screws.

Tips and warnings

  • A second person proves useful while switching the way your Whirlpool refrigerator doors swing.[

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