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How to Change the Way the Door Opens on the Refrigerator

This is your Gumview handyman again with his know it all tips. How will you know them unless someone tells you, you have to do it by trial and error. You certainly wont find out if you hire someone to do it for you. Today’s tip is how do I change the way the refrigerator door opens. Left or Right and it really depends, on your kitchen.

Back in the stone ages, when you bought your refrigerator, you had to know which side your door opened. Refrigerators were made left or right and that was it. If you moved and the door needed to open on the other side you got to buy a new refrigerator or you suffered until you could buy a new one.

In today’s world the doors can be switched from left to right. Here’s how to go about it.

  1. The first thing you do is get the tools,or in my case, the tool, to do the job. I have a ratchet screwdriver with many screw heads and hex head nut drivers. Pick out the right screw head, and undo the refrigerator handle.
  2. On the opposite side of the door covering the screw holes are at least two plastic caps. Remove them and reinsert them in the screw holes on the other side of the door.
  3. Now reinstall the handle because you will need it to support the door when you take it off the hinge and set the door on the floor in front of the refrigerator.
  4. Next insert the proper hex head nut driver in the screwdriver handle and unloosen two of the nuts. Get a good hold on the door and remove the nuts and lift the bracket up and away. Now you can remove the door. Set it on the floor in front of the refrigerator.
  5. The top bracket is then moved to the other side where the nut holes are also covered with plastic caps move them to the other side and insert them back in those holes. Now lift your door in place and line up the nut holes and replace the nuts.
  6. I forgot to tell you to make sure your doorstop is in position and turned the right way. It is plastic and is on the bottom pivot.
  7. Now proceed with tightening the nuts securely.

You will notice that it looks like the gasket will not seal properly – I also had that loss of confidence. Don’t worry though – you only have to run your finger along the side of the gasket to get it to expand in place. You probably compressed it while hanging the door. I did the same thing but I used the same fix that I just told you.

Congratulations you have just successfully switched the door on your refrigerator from left to right. In the process you saved your self at least one hour of paid professional time. Keep thinking green and you can do many things with a little help from your friends.

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