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Re: Side by side doors uneven at top
Interestingly enough, I answered a similar question just the other day. Maybe there's an outbreak of lazy factory technicians who "forget" to tighten the hinge brackets? Hmmmm. Makes on wonder...
Anyway, it's easy... The door alignment adjustment is done at the top hinge. Pull up a step-stool, then remove the hinge cover. Under there you'll see three screws, I think they're 5/16". Loosen these (since your door has dropped, they're probably already loose), then lift up on the door handle to align it with the other door... while keeping the door aligned, tighten the hinge screws (and put alot of torque on 'em to keep 'em from loosening in the future). Now just replace the hinge cover and your done!
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If you notice one side of your Maytag
side-by-side refrigerator is significantly higher than the other, you
might want to raise or lower one of the doors. The refrigerator door is
configured at the factory to be slightly higher than the freezer door.
The weight of items on the door shelves sometimes cause the doors to sag
slightly inward. Making a small adjustment to the freezer door leveling
screws will correct minor amounts of sagging. Things You'll Need3/8-inch hex head screwdriver
1 Position the refrigerator in the place you plan to keep it,
and make sure the refrigerator is level front to back and side to side
with a spirit level.
Remove the base grille, located below the doors, by pulling
from the sides. The leveling screws will be visible when the grille is
1. Remove the toe grille. 2. Remove top hinge cover if available. Trace around the hinge with a soft lead pencil. This makes the re-installation easier. Remove top hinge and lift door off the center hinge pin, and set the door aside. 3. Unscrew the center hinge pin using an adjustable wrench and save for reassembly. Ensure that the plastic washer stays on hinge pin. 4. Lift the refrigerator door off of the bottom hinge and set aside. 5. Remove center hinge and shim by removing inside screw and loosening two outside screws enough to allow hinge and shim to slide out. Tighten screws. 6. Loosen two outside screws on opposite side of refrigerator, remove inside screw and install center hinge. 7. Remove two screws on bottom hinge with 3/8" socket wrench. 8. Install bottom hinge on opposite side with the two screws removed from Step 7. 9. Unscrew the bottom hinge pin using adjustable wrench. Move hinge pin to other hold in hinge and tighten with adjustable wrench. 10. Reverse door handles. 11. Move freezer and refrigerator door stops to opposite side. Before starting screws, use an awl to puncture the foam. 12. Position refrigerator door onto bottom hinge pin and screw center hinge pin through center hinge into the top of the door. Close refrigerator door to help align hinge hole. 13. Tighten center hinge pin with adjustable wrench. 14. Remove cabinet and hinge hold plugs and move to opposite side. 15. Lower freezer door onto center hinge pin (if you have a separate freezer door). 16. Close freezer door. Have an assistant lift up on opposite side of the door while tightening screws to install top hinge. 17. Flip top grille and reinstall. 18. Plug in electrical power cord and turn refrigerator temperature control to center position. Adjust setting as needed.
that is common, your pushing air back into the other side and that pops the door. First adjust the ref so that the back sits lower than the front. It will have 2 5/16th nuts on the front behind the kickplate. going left will lower the back of the unit. After that get out some vasoline and lube up the flat sides of the door seal, this will help keep the seal moist and it wont pop open as easy
Start by making sure the box is square -- that the doors are perfectly parallel across the top, with respect to the outside of the box. You fix that problem by adjusting the front feet on the fridge to square up the box. If the doors are all square and the fridge door is still low, look for some adjustment in the bottom door bracket - may have some slots where you can loosen mounting screws and adjust upwards. This may take two people or a lever (maybe a piece of lumber) as you have to raise the door while you're making the adjustment. OR remove the top bracket, remove the door and set it aside then try adjusting the bottom bracket and replacing the door and top bracket.
That is a common occurrance for side by side refrigerators. Closing the fresh food door is like having your car windows closed and closing the door. You can feel the air pressure on your ears. In the refrigerator, the air passes through the duct and into the freezer pushing the door open. The magnet on the door gasket should keep it closed. But it may be the freezer door needs the hinges adjusted to the door seats better when closed. Take the plastic cover off the top hinge and you can loosen the screws (don't take them out) and adjust the door slightly (so it looks even between both doors) and tighten the screws up. The top of the door should be level with the top of the unit, and the gap between the doors even the whole way down.
The lower hinge on each door
may have a door closing cam. It raises the door up ¼ inch when opening and this
assist in closing the door. If it’s wore out and doesn’t work the door may not
seal and the gasket can be damaged. Watch the operation of the door to see if
it rises up when opened.
Leave the door shut and let the magnetic gasket hold the
door in place. Put something between the bottom of the doorand the floor to hold it in case it slips.
Remove the bracket holding the pin and hinge assembly taking
note of order of removal of parts. Slide new cams on. You probably need two.
The #1 cause for this problem: The floor beneath the fridge is uneven, causing the refrigerator "box" to be out of square. Adjust the levelers on the fridge bottom to compensate for the uneven floor. That should do it.
The refrig does not have to be level, as a matter of fact, they tend to work (doors on most refrig's) if the front is a bit higher than the back. If you pop off the lower grill, you will see that the front rollers have a bolt that runs up through the lower frame. Turning on the end of that bolt with a 3/8 inch wrench will allow adjustment of an inch or so, up or down, depending on where it is at now. Only the front rollers are adjustable this way. Back rollers would have to be shimmed to adjust. Check the door hinges to see if the hinge and corresponding hinge cam riser (WR2X4901) are worn. (these parts raise the door slightly as it is opened, and help close the door as the door drops back down when closing.)