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How to Remove and Replace a Refrigerator Door

Modern refrigerators come with a lot of features and sometimes, a repair job or a situation where the refrigerator needs to be moved into a cramped space would require you to remove and replace the refrigerator doors. Replacing the refrigerator door is sometimes required during repair work. Let’s have a look at the steps involved in replacing a refrigerator door.

Tools required:

  1. Screwdriver
  2. Socket Wrench/Allen Wrench

Step 1:

The first step towards replacing the refrigerator door is to first unload the refrigerator completely and disconnect it before starting the job. Most refrigerator doors have a water dispenser as well as an icemaker. Once disconnected you will be ready to start the removal of the door.

Step 2:

The next step involves removing the kick plate and the bottom hinge from the refrigerator. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws in order to loosen the kick plate before removing it.

Step 3:

Once the kick plate is removed, it is time to disconnect the waterline before removing the door from its hinge. Make sure that you have a cloth placed below the tube in order to soak up any water that may get released during the process.

Step 4:

After disconnecting the water tube, it is time to remove the door. Look at the top of the refrigerator to find the door hinge. Depending on the screw type, use an appropriate screwdriver to remove the screws in order to remove the door.

Step 5:

After removing the screws from the top hinge, lift the door off of the bottom pivot. You might require additional help to lift the door it may tend to be heavy.

Step 6:

After your repair work is done, it is time to replace the door. The first thing to do is to make sure the water dispenser tube is placed correctly so that it can be connected properly to the waterline at the bottom. Ensure that the connection is tight and there is no scope of water leakage.

Step 7:

Once the bottom is fixed, reattach the top of the refrigerator door to the hinge and use a screwdriver to tighten the screws. Make sure that the refrigerator door is leveled before placing the hinge firmly on the top.

Step 8:

The last step involves reattaching the kick plate back and when that’s done, your refrigerator door is all set.