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How to stop a refrigerator door from hitting the wall when opened

Updated February 21, 2017

When you crack open your refrigerator in search of a snack, the loud sound the door makes when it hits the wall could kill your appetite. Besides damaging the fridge door, repeatedly smacking the wall can hurt your home. There are a few ways to prevent the refrigerator door from slamming into the wall of your home and they're all easy to implement. Once you've fixed the problem, you'll be able to freely use the refrigerator without causing further damage to your wall.

Refer to the manual that came with your refrigerator to see if you have a two-position door stop. Some refrigerator models have a simple pivot you can move that stops the door before it opens fully. How to change it varies depending on your fridge, but the manual can provide simple instructions.

Install a doorstop on the fridge. Be sure it extends far enough to prevent both the door and the handle of the door from hitting your wall. Measure the distance between the handle and the wall and purchase a door stop that is slightly longer than that distance.

Place a small, sufficiently soft piece of furniture, such as an overstuffed couch or a wicker chair, at the side of the refrigerator. When the door opens, it should collide with that piece of furniture instead of the wall.

Reposition your refrigerator if possible so that the door doesn't open into the wall.

Change the way the refrigerator door opens by removing the screws, removing the hinge plates, replacing the screws, changing the sides of the plugs and pivots and replacing the door. Refer to your manual before you try to remove your refrigerator door. If you do it improperly, you can damage the pivot pin. The correct method of removal varies by model.

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Melly Parker has been writing since 2007, focusing on health, business, technology and home improvement. She has also worked as a teacher and a bioassay laboratory technician. Parker now serves as a marketing specialist at one of the largest mobile app developers in the world. She holds a Master of Science in English.