How to Switch the Handles to the Other Side on LG Refrigerators

Updated March 23, 2017

If your new LG refrigerator does not fit with your kitchen's layout, you can easily switch the doors from one side to the other. Once the hinges and handles are changed to the opposite site, the doors will open in the other direction, avoiding any nearby cabinets or walls. Visit the LG customer service website for more repair information specific to your model number or if you need to download a new copy of your owner's manual.

Slide the refrigerator away from the nearby walls and cabinets so you have room to work with the hinges on both sides. Ask a friend to assist you with this step if the refrigerator is too heavy for you to safely move alone. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. Remove any food from the refrigerator and freezer doors.

Locate the plastic cover on top of the freezer door hinge. Use the end of a flathead screwdriver to pry off the cover. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws. Hold the door or have your assistant hold it steady while you lift off the top hinge.

Lift the freezer door off the centre hinge pin and set it aside. Unscrew the screws holding the centre hinge onto the refrigerator frame. Hold the refrigerator door still and remove the centre hinge. Lift the refrigerator door off the bottom hinge pin and place it upside down on a workbench or sturdy table so you can work on the handles. Unscrew the retaining screws and remove the bottom hinge from the frame of the refrigerator.

Place your hand under the door to support the handle as you remove the screws that hold it in place. Depending on the style of your LG refrigerator, you may have to pry off a plastic cover with your screwdriver to access the screws. Move to the other side of the door and pry out the screw hole plugs, if applicable to your model. Hold the handle onto the door so the screw holes line up with the holes in the handle. Secure the handle with the retaining screws you removed previously. Use the screw hole plugs to cover the open holes left on the side of the door without the handle. Repeat this step to switch the handles on the freezer door.

Attach the bottom hinge to the other side of the refrigerator frame and tighten the retaining screws. Lift the refrigerator door straight up and place it on the bottom hinge pin. Place the centre hinge on top of the refrigerator door and tighten the screws. Set the freezer door onto the centre hinge pin and place the top hinge on top of the door. Tighten the retaining screws to secure the top hinge.

Test the movement of each door by opening and closing it several times. Once you are satisfied with the fit of the doors, plug the refrigerator's power cord back into the wall outlet and slide the unit back into its original location near the wall. Replace your food items in the door compartments.

Things You'll Need

  • Owner's manual
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
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