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How do I change freezer door opening side?

Hi.

Details on how to change the fridge door opening side depend on the appliance model.If this is a chest unit, you will simply need to rotate the unit. On most upright units the general procedure to change door opening orientation is more or less the one ilustrated below:

  1. Disconnect power from the appliance.
  2. Get to the top side of the unit, and remove the hinge plate. This is usually held by two Torx or Philips screws. You may need to help yourself with a putty knife to remove a protective panel covering the plate. Be careful not to damage any part.
  3. Remove top hinge and put it on one side.
  4. After removing the plate you may need to remove the plastic clip located at the top on the handle side of the door, oppositely to the old hinge side. Use the putty knife to pry up and remove the plastic clip.
  5. Open the door and lift it from the lower hinge pivot.On many fridges you will have to remove the bottom hinge too, often held by two screws, and covered with a proective pane, to free the door before removing it
  6. Carefully place the door on the floor.
  7. Remove protective panels on top and bottom on handle side of the frige cavity, reinstall the hinges on handle side position, swapping them with the protective panels.
  8. Remove the door pivot and mount it on the opposite side.
  9. On the door disassemble and refit handle or any other part if needed.

The precise and complete procedure is usually illustrated on the appliance user manual. If you need manual or schematics, try asking a new Fixya question. Ensure that you are providing full model number, as printed on service tag.
To get more detailed info you can also try calling the appliance manufacturer at the number listed on the owners manual.


Regards.

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