How to reverse your fridge door

Flip fridge door

Have you ever open your refrigerator door and wish it opened the other way? Well, you’re in luck! Reversing your fridge door is actually pretty easy and doesn’t take long to do. I think the whole process for me took less than thirty minutes. Let’s jump right in and get started so you can reverse your fridge door.

As far as tools go, all I needed was a Philips screwdriver and a 5/16 in. wrench or socket set. In actuality, if you have a Klein 11-in-1 Multi-Tool, that would be all you need. I mention this tool in my other post Best tools every toolkit should have. Check it out if you haven’t done so yet.

Fridge no door handles
New fridge with no door handles

I’m currently remodelling my house and am purchasing new appliances for my kitchen. Also explains the lack of a proper sink. I built that pink cabinet as a temporary setup.

But getting back to the fridge…

The hinge on this model is on the right side and opens to where if I’m standing next to my sink, I’d have to walk around the door to gain access to the inside. Since this fridge is new, the handles weren’t installed yet which puts me one step ahead.

Right hand swing fridge doors
Fridge doors with hinges on the right

First, remove your handles and brand stickers/hole plugs.

Removing nameplate
Removing nameplate

The nameplate will conceal one hole on the upper door. The lower door will have a simple little plug. Gently pry the sticker working your way around as to not damage the badge or the fridge finish.

Nameplate removed
Nameplate removed

In the image above you can see the tiny hole that was concealed by the nameplate. That is where the fridge door handle will screw into once we relocate the hinges.

Bracket removal
Bracket removal

Speaking of hinges, that’s the next step. First, remove the top hinge. There are only two bolts holding this door on.

Bracket removed
Bracket removed

The door doesn’t have a removable bolt. It simply lifts up and out of the door.

Top door off
Top door lifts off

Once the bracket is removed, open the door to break the magnetic seal and lift.

Mid-bracket
Mid-bracket holding the door

The middle bracket is now accessible and the next item to be removed. There are three Phillips screws holding the bracket on and one bolt going through the bracket holding the bottom door to the bracket.

Screwdriver won't fit
Screwdriver won’t fit

At first glance, the bottom screw looks inaccessible and if you attempt to remove it, you won’t be able to.

Bolt removal
Remove bolt first

To get to the bottom screw, the bottom door must be removed first and to remove the bottom door, the bolt in the image above has to be removed first. The top of the bolt is actually the same size bolt as the bolts on the top bracket. Use the same tool to remove it.

Bolt removed
Bolt removed

There will be some grease on the bolt. Try not to remove all of the grease if you don’t have any to replace what you remove. If you do remove all the grease by accident, you can use this Lucas – White Lithium Grease. Lithium grease works great on doors. If you have a sticking garage door, this grease can be used to help lubricate the hinges.

Bottom door removed
Bottom door removed

Once that bolt is removed, open the door slightly to break the magnetic seal, lean the door out to avoid the mid-bracket and lift. You should be left with a doorless fridge.

Mid-bracket exposed
Mid-bracket exposed

With the door removed, access to all the Philips screws is easy.

Move mid- bracket
Move mid- bracket

Since you’re holding on the bracket, might as well move it to the other side. The bracket is a mirror image when flipped upside down. There should already be pre-drilled holes so moving the bracket should be pretty straightforward.

Bracket moved
Bracket moved

The bottom bracket is probably going to be the hardest part of this whole project. Partly because it’s so close to the ground and partly because you’ll need to relocate the bolt.

Bottom bracket
Bottom bracket

Like the other two brackets, it’s held on by just a couple of bolts.

Remove bracket
Remove bracket

If you attempt to just move the bracket over, you’ll run into alignment issues. The door just won’t match or be slightly crooked.

Bolt doesn't line up
Bolt doesn’t line up
Second hole
Second hole

There is a second hole in the top of the bracket. The bolt in the bottom bracket will have to be removed and relocated to the opposite side.

Relocate bolt
Relocate bolt

If you can’t remove the bolt with the bracket off, simply reinstall on the opposite side and then relocate the bolt. It can be difficult to hold the bracket and remove the bolt if you attempt to remove it while on the ground.

Relocated bolt
Relocated bolt

I managed to relocate the bolt while the bracket was removed but again, this can be done once reinstalled on the fridge body to simplify the process.

Bracket replaced
Bracket replaced

As a reminder, always start bolts by hand and then use your tool to tighten once you’ve confirmed the bolts are threading in easily. Also when tightening, do one bolt at a time and just snug it up. Tighten till you feel a bit of resistance and then move to the next bolt. Once all the bolts are in and a tool is needed to tighten more, you can tighten the bolts all the way down.

Moving plugs
Moving plugs
Moving plugs
Moving plugs

Take the bottom door and relocate the hole plugs on the top and bottom of the doors. Gently pry the small plugs out. These have little flares that grip once pushed back in.

Top door plate
Top door plate

On the bottom of the top door, there is a little bracket. It helps support the weight of the door and keeps the bolt lined up. Don’t forget to relocate this before replacing doors.

Mid-bracket bolt
Mid-bracket bolt

Once the plugs and brackets are all relocated, the bottom door can be replaced. The same way it was removed is how it is replaced. Hold at a slight angle and guide it in on the bottom bolt first. Slowly straighten out the door and close. The magnets can hold most of the weight of the door once closed fully. Then reinstall the mid-bracket bolt.

Top door reinstalled
Top door reinstalled

Tighten the bolt and then reinstall the top door.

Top bracket
Top bracket

Just like the other two brackets, the top bracket should have predrilled holes. Slide the bolt into the top hole and then screw down.

Doors reinstalled
Doors reinstalled

Test the doors to make sure they swing freely and don’t bump into each other. If they operate smoothly, the hardest part is behind you.

Now its just a matter of replacing the door handles, plugs, and stickers.

Hole plugs
Hole plugs
Sticker
Sticker

The bottom door handle is attached to a small stem or knob near the middle of the door. On my model fridge, it is the exact same size as the other bolts so removal and replacement was easy.

Door stem
Door stem
Door set screw
Door set screw

These doors have a small Allen screw on the side that holds the handle to the stem or knob. If there were any plastics removed, don’t forget to replace those as well.

Plastic cover
Plastic cover

That is it! Finished! Now you know how to reverse your fridge door.

Finished
Finished

Author: Jonathan

Hi, I'm Jonathan Villarin. I'm a licensed Journeyman Electrician in the state of Texas, a Class 1 Locomotive Engineer, and a Class 8 Conductor. I'm also currently in college pursuing a AAS in Process Technology and Instrumentation. I have a passion for fixing things. I love figuring out how things work and how to repair them. I'm a hobby and career collector. My passions are traveling and photography.

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