How to Reverse the Door on a Compact Refrigerator

If you do not have enough clearance for your compact refrigerator's door to open all the way, try reversing the direction of the hinges. This is especially helpful when the refrigerator sits up against a wall and cannot be moved to a more convenient spot in the kitchen. Check your owner's manual for more specific information relating to changing the door of your particular make and model of compact refrigerator. Some refrigerators may have plastic plugs to cover the holes on the unused side of the door that must also be switched.

Learn how to reverse your compact refrigerator's door in minutes.

Step 1

Clear out the storage bins in the refrigerator door before attempting to remove it.

Step 2

Use a flathead screwdriver to pry off the plastic plugs on the top and bottom of the non-hinged side of the door to your refrigerator (if applicable for your brand).

Step 3

Remove the screws that hold the top hinge onto the refrigerator. Take off the hinge and set it aside. Lift the door off of the bottom hinge.

Step 4

Unscrew the mounting hardware and remove the door handle. Switch the handle to the other side of the door. Insert and tighten the screws.

Step 5

Take out the screws holding the bottom hinge onto the refrigerator. Move the hinge to the opposite side of the refrigerator and tighten the screws.

Step 6

Place the door on top of the bottom hinge. Insert the pin of the top hinge into the hole in the top of the door. Insert and tighten the screws to hold the hinge in place.

Step 7

Press the plastic plugs into the open holes on the unused side of the refrigerator, if applicable.

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