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Reverse A Refrigerator Door

New refrigerators can be ordered with either a right or left opening door. However, if you change your kitchen or move to a new location, you may have to reverse the direction of the door yourself. This is fairly easy to do, but you will need two people because the door is heavy.

Tools: Socket driver and screwdriver.

1. Unplug the refrigerator and remove all food items from the refrigerator door. Remove the grille at the base of the refrigerator. Start at the top of the refrigerator and remove the upper doorís protective cap followed by the top hinges with a socket driver. Remove the door by opening it slightly while lifting up and out. Donít loosen any of the washers or shims.

2. The lower door can be removed by lifting the handle while loosening the middle hinge pin. This will be easier if you have someone to help support the door while you are loosening the pin.

3. Remove the handle from the door and the hinges from the refrigerator base and install them on the opposite side. You will have to remove caps to install them. Save the caps and place them in the holes left on the other side.

4. Reinstall the doors. When you feel the hinges are on snugly, align the doors and tighten the top hinge screws again.

5. Your grille may have a plastic filler that will need to be moved to the other side before you can install it.

6. Plug the appliance back into the outlet.


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1. Keep your coils clean

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3. Keep your temperature setting moderate.

4. Try to keep your freezer full, more food retains a cooler temperature.

5. Cool down hot leftovers before store them in your refrigerator.

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