How to Adjust a Westinghouse Refrigerator Door

When the doors to a refrigerator are not installed properly, the doors may not remain closed or are difficult to open. In addition, the refrigerator might shake, vibrate or even move while the motor is operating. Adjusting the refrigerator doors, including those on Westinghouse models, can help resolve these problems and reduce overall noise and vibration. Always disconnect the refrigerator from power before making adjustments to the doors.

Adjust the Rollers

Step 1

Open the refrigerator and freezer doors on the refrigerator for a side-by-side Westinghouse model and the bottom door on other models.

Step 2

Grab the top of the toe grille on the left front side of the Westinghouse refrigerator. Pull forward until the tabs release, then move hands over past the tabs and pull again on the right side of the grille until those tabs release as well.

Step 3

Set the toe grille aside. Use a flat blade screwdriver or a 3/8-inch socket wrench to adjust the leveling feet screws, which are located on each side of the front panel. Turn the screws clockwise to raise the refrigerator legs or counterclockwise to lower the refrigerator legs. Repeat on both roller screws until the feet are in full contact with the floor. Note that some models have a leveling screw on the bottom of the refrigerator feet that should be adjusted clockwise to rise, or counterclockwise to lower the unit. Make adjustments to both feet.

Step 4

Line up the toe grille on the left side and push gently until the tabs secure and then push the right side in until the tabs lock into place.

Step 5

Close the refrigerator doors and ensure the doors close automatically when shut halfway and the refrigerator does not wobble or move. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 as needed until the feet and doors are even and no additional problems with the door are experienced.

Remove Doors

Step 6

Use a screwdriver to remove the top hinge cover on the refrigerator if the door must be removed completely. Pull the cover off the hinge. Make a light trace with a pencil around the hinge to mark the location of the hinge.

Step 7

Remove the top hinge. Lift the refrigerator door up and off the bottom hinge pin. Set the door aside. Reverse Steps 1 and 2 to replace the refrigerator door on the unit, ensuring the door is straight before tightening the hinges.

Step 8

Disconnect the water line on the lower bottom hinge of the freezer door and use a 3/8 -inch wrench to disconnect the gray-colored water connector collar. Disconnect the water tube.

Step 9

Disconnect the harness connector for the wiring on the top hinge of the freezer by placing thumbs on each flat connector side and bending the parts forward and back. Pull both sides apart.

Step 10

Trace the hinges with a lead pencil and remove the top hinge, pulling the wiring harness out. Lift the freezer door out and lay flat to protect the water line. Reverse Steps 3 through 5 to replace the freezer door. Make sure the door is straight before reconnecting the wiring and water tube as well as tightening the hinges.