How to Reverse the Door on a Kenmore Refrigerator

You might not think it, but the swing direction of a refrigerator door makes a big difference to a kitchen's accessibility. Appliances are normally configured to open right to left and most people choose to keep it that way, even if it interferes with the surrounding cabinets. Reversing the swing of your Kenmore refrigerator door makes the appliance more convenient for left-handed people and may prevent the door striking walls or other objects. With a few simple tools, you can easily reverse the door in under an hour.

Reversing the swing of your refrigerator may make your food easier to access.

Step 1

Unplug the refrigerator and close both the doors. It is not enough to turn the thermostat to the off position, the power must be completely off. Hold the sides of the base grille, below the refrigerator door, and pull to remove it from the appliance.

Step 2

Pry off the plastic cover protecting the top hinge of the freezer compartment with a putty knife; remove the screws, lift off the hinge and remove the freezer door. Repeat the process for the center hinge below the freezer door and remove the refrigerator door. Remove the screws holding the bottom hinge in place.

Step 3

Remove the 5/16-inch hex-head screws from the handle side of the cabinet, between the freezer and refrigerator doors, and move them to holes on the other side. Repeat this process with the screws on top of the cabinet on the handle side, moving them to the holes on the opposite side.

Step 4

Remove the refrigerator and freezer door handles by unscrewing the flathead screws holding them in place. Pry out the plastic retainer plugs on the opposite side of each door and place them in the holes vacated by the handle screws. Screw the handles back in place on the opposite side of the doors.

Step 5

Unscrew the door stops, located on the bottom of the freezer and refrigerator doors, and move them to the opposite side. Remove the screw on the bottom of the refrigerator door holding the piece of plastic trim below the door handle in place and slide the trim downward to remove it. Take the screw out of the trim mount and move it to the opposite side of the door. Slide the trim back in place and tighten the screw.

Step 6

Reattach the lower hinge on the opposite side of the refrigerator and hang the refrigerator door in place. Have an assistant support the door while you attach the center hinge to hold it in place. Place the freezer door on top of the center hinge and replace the top hinge and its plastic cover. Tighten all screws; the doors are now reversed. Reconnect the power.