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Sear refrigerator door wil only close if you lift it up could that be a bad bottom hinge?

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Loose or damaged hinge or both hinges

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Sub zero refrigerators 632 door won't stay closed


Thee is a plastic cam at the bottom hinge of the door. Mine cracked and I bought a new one online for like $30 (for a piece of plastic). Got a strong friend to lift the door off the hinges while I replaced it. make sure you get the right one for left or right doors.
7014663 Sub Zero Refrigerator Bottom Cabinet Hinge Cam LH (7014663) (7014663) - Genuine Refrigerator Parts

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How to Reverse Your Refrigerator Door (Most units)


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.

on Oct 19, 2011 | Frigidaire Refrigerators

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Right door no longer closes all the way by itself


If you're loading up the door with a large amount heavy items such as gallons of milk, water, juices, etc. - the door may be sagging on its hinges.

Typically, there are several screws that hold the top and bottom hinges to the fridge frame. While supporting the weight of the open door with blocks or books, check to see of the screws have loosened up or if the hinge has slipped on the fridge cabinet. It may be helpful to partially / fully unload groceries / liquids from the door.

You may be able to detect that something has happened if there is space between the top hinge and door. This suggests that the door has slipped slightly and may be rubbing on something. Look for scrapes, scratches and filings in the area of the bottom hinge. These are a tip off that something has changed. Try lifting the door up. Is there "play" between the hinges that allows the door to slide up and down? A little bit is normal, but too much indicates a sagging or bent (not common) hinge. You may have to lift and support the door to take up the "play"; then loosen the bottom hinge's screws and slide the hinge up until it is snug against the bottom of the door. Tighten the screws firmly to hold the hinge in place. This should lift the door back to where it was (or close to it) and prevent any rubbing or scraping that may have been happening before.

Lastly, make sure that the doors seals haven't shifted or become damaged in such a way as to interfere with the door closing completely. Good luck!

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I have a frigidaire refrigerator with top freezer. model frt21nfrd2. About 12 years old. With a light inside you can see light in the top right of the refrigerator door. Seems to seal good every where...


remove freezer door. now remove hinge on top of bottom door. lift bottom door off. now place a washer on bottom hinge and re install everything. this should solve your problem.

Feb 01, 2010 | Refrigerators

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I have a whirlpool gold side by side that makes aloud popping noise when opening and closing right door


Sounds like the door closer is bad or screw loose . Remove the top hinge cover and the 3 screws holding the hinge . Remove the food from the door first . After removing the 3 bolts , lift the door from the bottom hinge . You can tell by looking , if closers need replaced or if the screw needs tightening . If closers need replaced , both come in 1 package ( 1 for the door and 1 for the bottom hinge .)

Aug 09, 2009 | Whirlpool Refrigerators

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The refrigerator door does not close unless you press firmly on it, especially if there is a lot of weight on the door shelves. Can it be ''re-balanced'' so that gravity helps it to stay closed?


Look at the door hinges;you should see some flat washers on the bottom of hinge.(maybe on top also).They are made with hard plastic or fiber,and are different thickness.You could probably use metal washers that you may have laying around.Loosen bottom hinge and pick up on bottom of door and hinge,and retighten hinge,someetimes this will solve problem.Other wise,may have to remove top hinge and lift door off and add washers till the door closes properly.When refrigerators are properly leveled,when you let go of the door,it should have a tenedency to close.Hope this helps Gregg

Jun 03, 2009 | Refrigerators

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Right Door is making loud popping noise


After reading these posts, I fixed my refrigerator door in less than 5 minutes. The little black plastic cam on the bottom hinge was loose. To fix it, take the hinge cover off of the top with an 8mm socket, and remove the three 8mm screws holding the top hinge on. Remove the door by lifting up off of the bottom hinge and set it aside. On the bottom hinge is a black plastic cam held on by an 8mm screw. The screw on mine was really loose. Tightening it and putting the door back on made it work like new. You probably don't have a bad cam, just a loose one.

Sep 12, 2008 | Kenmore 55612 / 55614 / 5561 / 655619 Side...

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Freezer door rubbing


take the freezer door off and put a washer or two on the bottom hinge. sometimes there are extra plastic washers on the top hinge that you can move to the bottom to lift it up.
also check if the hinge is bent or loose, as this may cause the problem.

Jun 28, 2008 | KitchenAid Architect KTLA19KRSS Stainless...

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Bottom hinge on fridge door broken


Yes, there is supposed to be a plastic bushing/washer under there. Usually 1/8 inch thick. If a dealer is not handy you may cut some out of plastic to put there. Then undo the top hinge, and carefully lift the door off (you might want to empty the shelfs). Put your spacer on the hinge pin, and replace the door and the top hinge.

Jan 28, 2008 | Liebherr Premium CTP 3153 Top Freezer...

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Right Door is making loud popping noise


After reading these posts, I fixed my refrigerator door in less than 5 minutes. The little black plastic cam on the bottom hinge was loose. To fix it, take the hinge cover off of the top with an 8mm socket, and remove the three 8mm screws holding the top hinge on. Remove the door by lifting up off of the bottom hinge and set it aside. On the bottom hinge is a black plastic cam held on by an 8mm screw. The screw on mine was really loose. Tightening it and putting the door back on made it work like new. You probably don't have a bad cam, just a loose one.

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