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Amana fridge door on wrong side

We purchased an Amana model ARB2257CSR, mfg PARB2257CS1, S/N 1023658EC approx 5 years ago. We are looking into renovating our kitchen and want the door to swing from the opposite direction. Can we purchase a new door or what should we do?

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  • kelly_smales Nov 12, 2008

    Sorry, I should have mentioned that the fridge is stainless and they say we cannot switch the door swing. I still think there is a way to dismantle the door and move it over. A new door is approx. $900. Yikes.

  • kelly_smales Nov 13, 2008

    Yes, I know what exactly what you mean. I can see where the hinges can be swapped. Problem is on the stainless version there is no way to move the door handle to the other side. So (with no experience) I figure then we have to just turn the fridge door upside-down and attach the hinges on the other side - then the handle would be on the right side. I think that would work except for the fact that inside the fridge door the shelving system would be upside-down also. So then I figured that there might be a way we can remove the interior shelf part (I know - I am an idiot) and turn it the right way. Will I ruin the insulation/seal of the fridge door if I do this? Do you think it is worth the risk? I service lab instruments so I am kind of used to tearing things down. Please let me know if you have any ideas....I really appreciate your help so far.

  • damumma Feb 15, 2009

    I got the doors off with no problem. It's the position of the door handles that makes this impossible. Because the door handles are curved to the right (hinge is on the left), the handles cannot be switched. The handles would have to be attached to the FRONT of the fridge as opposed to on the side. The handles just don't curve the right direction.

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Generally, doors can be swapped side to side.  Look for some kind of plate where the hinges would be on the other side of the box from where you've got the door mounted now.  It may be covered with a plastic piece.  If you find it, you're in business.  A small socket set is all it usually takes.  Get help holding the door in position as you do the work.  Doors are heavy.

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  • Robert Hirst Nov 12, 2008

    I understand your comment.  I have seen many stainless units with small plugs or a plate where hinges should be.  The plates are on the box...not the door.  Generally, if the door is to be swapped, the door hinge portions are swapped top/bottom after the box portion is fixed up.  These items are not on the stainless portion of the door but just outside the seal flat area.

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