How to outweigh the refrigerator door yourself?
When buying new appliances for the kitchen, with a major renovation, you may need to know how to outweigh the refrigerator door. Most often, this need arises from the inconvenient layout of city apartments. In a small kitchen, it is difficult to install a voluminous object so that its doors open in a convenient direction. The warranty card allows you to use the service of a master once for free in this matter, but if the warranty period has already expired, calling it will not be cheap. Fortunately, any modern person is quite capable of doing such a simple operation as adjusting the refrigerator door with his own hands.
- Do all refrigerators have reversible doors?
- Preparation for outweighing
- How do you change the side of a refrigerator door?
- How do you reverse a fridge freezer door?
- How to outweigh the display fridge door?
- How to carry out the transfer of loops to the other side?
- The nuances of work depend on the brand of the refrigerator
Do all refrigerators have reversible doors?
Most modern refrigeration cabinet models have a second set of mounting holes for changing the hinge side. But before starting work, it is still advisable to make sure that the possibility of hanging the door is provided for a specific device. In this case, on the left side of it there will be holes closed with decorative plugs, the corresponding hinge attachment points will be visible on the case.
Many modifications of refrigerators have symmetrically located handles that do not have to be rearranged on purpose: in the Indesit refrigerator, they are a recess in the upper part of the door, in other manufacturers, overhead decorative fittings are placed horizontally. If it is necessary to rearrange this part, the standard holes for its fastening are located symmetrically to the used one, but on the left side of the door.
Preparation for outweighing
First, you need to thoroughly prepare for work. First of all, free up the space around the refrigerator so that nothing interferes with the dismantling of the doors. In addition, the entire instrument should be prepared in advance. Most often, it is enough to have the following things:
- scotch tape for fastening the doors;
- screwdrivers – straight and crosshead;
- pliers or open-end wrench.
When all the preparatory activities are completed, you can proceed to the main stage of work.
How do you change the side of a refrigerator door?
There are usually two-chamber models on the market. In modern refrigerators, the freezer is most often located at the bottom. However, regardless of this, it is recommended to start re-weighing from the top door. This is due to the elementary convenience of doing the work.
The fact is that if there is a desire to start dismantling from the bottom up, then the refrigerator itself will have to be put on its side, which can harm it and will simply be inconvenient. Before starting work, you need to securely fix the door.
This is easier to do with ordinary scotch tape, gluing in several places. You just need to make sure that it will not come off together with part of the cladding. Then you can proceed to the next stage of work.
It is attached to the body with hinges, which are screwed onto several bolts. It is with them that you need to start outweighing. First, you have to remove the plugs. You can perform the operation with an ordinary screwdriver. This must be done carefully to avoid damage to the refrigerator body. It may also be necessary to dismantle the decorative panels.
Some models of refrigerators involve dismantling the top cover before removing the door. In order not to get confused later, all small parts and fasteners should be put separately. Since some of them are very similar, you can even sign them.
Now you can start unscrewing the upper hinge bolts and dismantling it. After that, you need to remove the plugs from the top handle and remove it. If it is not attached with bolts, then you can leave it alone. This means that the handle has already been designed so that the door can be re-hung.
Now that all the fasteners have been unscrewed, you can peel off the adhesive tape and carefully lift the door, pull it out of the middle hinge. It should be removed easily, smoothly lifting up.
How do you reverse a fridge freezer door?
Similarly, with the help of tape, the lower door of the refrigerator is prepared. Then we remove the middle loop. In this case, it is important not to forget to remove the gasket from the pin, otherwise, it may simply get lost. After that, you can peel off the tape and remove the door from the lower support. It should be put aside for now, and all the plugs should be rearranged to the holes that appear.
The last step is to dismantle the hinge from below using a screwdriver and a wrench. It is necessary to remove the pins and bushings, unscrew the screws. The holes are also closed with plugs.
How to outweigh the display fridge door?
Changing the position of the door can only be done in models, the design of which allows it. To do this, we recommend that you carefully study the instructions for the refrigerator, because if you get down to business without first collecting information, you risk ruining the device.
In addition, such a service is sometimes included in the warranty service package, so it will be much more profitable and more expedient to contact the service center.
But if you are firmly convinced that you can cope on your own, and at the same time have good experience and skill, then here is a short instruction on how to do this work with your own hands.
One or more cables run to the display on the front of the refrigerator, usually through the top loop.
If the door of the unit is designed for reinstallation, then this cable or group of wires is equipped with a special connector for disconnection.
This is what the cable looks like that goes to the display on the refrigerator door. If the design of the device provides for the possibility of rearranging the door, then the cable is equipped with a connector
Steps to be taken to turn off the display after disconnecting the device from the power supply:
- First you need to dismantle the top decorative panel if it is available on your refrigerator model.
- Next, unscrew the bolt on the upper hinge of the refrigerator, and then remove the cable and disconnect it from the connector.
- Then it is required to completely unscrew all the bolts on the upper hinge, remove it, and slightly lift it, remove the sash from the middle hinge.
- Then you need to dismantle the top cover of the refrigerator to gain access to the control panel. The connecting cable with the connector must be led out from the opposite hole in the panel, specially designed for this purpose.
- Loops should be carried in the same way as described above. Be sure to check the instructions, because the installation of mounts in different models can have different subtleties and nuances.
- Lastly, the cable on the door is connected to the connector brought out from the opposite hole on the control panel; the loop is fully secured.
How to carry out the transfer of loops to the other side?
Installation on the opposite side is recommended in the reverse order and starting from the lower door. In this case, it is important not to confuse the hinges and fasteners. In this case, problems may arise with the installation of the doors. In addition, they may subsequently open poorly, sag, and close insufficiently tightly.
As for the installation process itself, you need to start from the bottom hinge. It is carried and attached to the opposite side of the case. The bolts are tightened with a screwdriver or wrench, and a pin with a gasket is installed. After that, the door is carefully installed on top. The handle can be fixed on it in advance, or you can do it later. You will also need to tape the door to avoid dropping it. Some experts recommend simply filling the refrigerator back a little. Thanks to this, the door will keep tightness and will not shift in any direction.
Now you have to put the middle loop. It is inserted with a pin into the groove of the lower door and then screwed to the refrigerator body. After that, the upper door is installed according to the same principle. It is important not to forget to insure yourself and attach it to the body with adhesive tape.
There are refrigerators in which the doors are attached not to one common middle hinge, but to separate ones. In this case, outweighing will not cause great difficulties and is performed in the same way as on refrigerators with one middle loop. There is only one difference: you will have to dismantle and mount one more hinge.
You can also experiment and outweigh only one door, and leave the other unchanged. This solution can be beneficial in small kitchens with not very convenient furniture arrangements. In addition, if the refrigerator is built-in, you can try to replay the opening of the doors in different directions.
The nuances of work depend on the brand of the refrigerator
For some brands of refrigerators, such as Hotpoint Ariston, for example, plastic door liners are not included in the door mount replacement kit. If a similar problem occurs with this or another model, then you can try to swap the upper and lower parts. When mounted on the door, they will be mirrored to the standard mount.
The door of the Bosch refrigerator, Hotpoint Ariston, and some other expensive brands are equipped with a closing sensor. If the door is not closed tightly, it must give a signal, and the rearrangement of the door will include the rearrangement of the sensor. The part must be carefully removed from its socket and rearranged into a similar hole on the left side.
How to outweigh the refrigerator door yourself?
The seemingly complicated process of rearranging the doors is actually quite simple. As with any renovation, it should only be started. A carefully hand-made rearrangement will save the owner of the refrigerator time and money, will help to make sure once again that he can do any business.