How to Change the Side Your Refrigerator Door Opens On

The fresh food and freezer doors on freezer-on-top model refrigerators can be reversed to add convenience and flow to your kitchen. Reversing the doors is helpful if the appliance is installed beside a wall or if the refrigerator opens toward your kitchen, rather than away from it. When reversing the door, you must also reverse the door handles so you can easily open and close the fresh food compartment and freezer doors.

Open the fresh food compartment door and turn the temperature dials to the "Off" position. Remove all food from the doors.

Pry the cap off of the top of the freezer door hinge and then remove the mounting screw, securing the door hinge to the refrigerator cabinet. Remove the screw, hinge and washer and place them in a safe place.

Lift the freezer door straight up and off the refrigerator cabinet.

Remove the mounting screw from the centre hinge the secures the bottom of the freezer door and the top of the refrigerator door. Remove the screw, hinge and washers and place them in a safe place.

Lift the refrigerator door up and off of the bottom hinge.

Remove the mounting screw, washer and hinge from the bottom of the refrigerator and place them in a safe place.

Slide the plastic piece off of the bottom of the door handle on both the freezer and fresh food compartment door. Remove the screws at the top and bottom of the door handle and then remove the door handles.

Locate the screw hole plugs on the opposite side of both doors. Pry each screw hole plug off of the door using a putty knife. Insert the screw hole plugs into the holes that were previously used to the mount the doors and handles.

Install the door handles onto the other side of the doors, using the mounting screws that were removed. Snap the bottom screw covers back onto the bottom of the handles.

Install the bottom hinge and lift the fresh food compartment door onto the hinge. Insert the middle hinge into the top of the fresh food compartment door and secure the middle hinge to the cabinet.

Place the freezer door on top of the middle hinge and reinstall the top hinge. Snap the plastic piece back onto the top of the top hinge.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife
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Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.