If the refrigerator door does not close properly, the refrigerator can no longer fulfill its original function, namely cooling; Not to mention the loss of energy. But mostly only a defective refrigerator hinge is to blame for the whole thing. These step-by-step instructions will help you to change the broken refrigerator hinge so that the storage conditions are quickly restored to optimal conditions.
When the refrigerator door no longer closes
Today, refrigerators are usually designed in such a way that their doors close automatically from a certain point of proximity. This ensures that the door always closes completely, even during the nocturnal raids that many sleepwalkers plagued by hunger undertake, despite lack of attention. The springy hinges in the refrigerator door are responsible for this. However, if these lose their momentum, the principle is obsolete, because the mechanics then no longer work. In the worst case, the defective hinge will even block the refrigerator from closing. But the device is not lost. Repairs can be carried out quickly and easily by changing the refrigerator hinge.
Tools and materials
Even if you might suspect otherwise, changing a refrigerator hinge is not a complicated task. The only tool that is required is a standard (Torx) screwdriver.
Only the new refrigerator hinges are on the material list. Caution: Defective refrigerator hinges must always be replaced in pairs; otherwise, the next repair could be due soon. However, there are no universal hinges, and it is essential to find out about the type of hinge you need in the spare parts shop beforehand. The price comparison is also worthwhile!
Compared to the cost of buying a new refrigerator, the price of a pair of refrigerator hinges is very low. In this case, two original hinges cost around 30 dollars together.
Often used 90 ° opening hinges from the BSH Group (AEG, Bosch, Siemens, Neff), but also Miele and Quelle are e.g., door hinge sets (kit) above + below.
Prepare the refrigerator
The first thing to do is to prepare the device for changing the refrigerator hinge. To do this, the refrigerator is first turned off, and its contents are entirely emptied.
If the refrigerator is empty, the storage compartments on the inside of the refrigerator door can be removed. The door is supposed to be dismantled, and additional fittings would only be a nuisance. There are narrow plastic covers above, below, and on the side of the door. The fastening screws for the front panel of the refrigerator door are hidden under these. They are also removed beforehand.
It is now possible to dismantle the front panel of the refrigerator door. First, loosen the fastening screws on the underside of the door and then unscrew the adjusting screws on the top. The screws on the bottom do not have to be removed entirely, as the anchoring of the panel can be pulled out sideways after just a few turns.
Remove the refrigerator door.
The refrigerator door, which is now bare, shows once again that the door no longer closes, but simply remains open. Changing the refrigerator hinge is highly recommended. But to get to the hinge, the door has to give way.
On the inside of the refrigerator hinge, there is a flat plastic insert, the screw cover. This is pulled out to the side, revealing the inner fastening screws of the hinge. If the panels are out of the way, first unscrew the fastening screws on the outside of the hinges to completely dismantle the refrigerator door. Otherwise, the defective refrigerator hinge could not be replaced.
Tip: While loosening the outer fastening screws, a second person should hold the refrigerator door. Otherwise, the door may fall deeply.
Loosen and change the refrigerator hinge
The actual core of the project follows: First, the two inner fastening screws of the refrigerator hinge to be changed – in this case, the upper one – are loosened, then the screws lying on the side at an angle are completely removed. If there is enough space, the hinge can now be released from the anchoring and removed with a sideways movement. Otherwise, the inner fastening screws are also entirely unscrewed.
If you put the old and new refrigerator hinge next to each other, the difference becomes immediately clear. The old hinge is nowhere near the full locking position and thus keeps the refrigerator door open. So changing the refrigerator hinge was the right decision.
The space is free to insert the new hinge. If it is in place, all screws are tightened again. Then the lower refrigerator hinge is removed and replaced. This is still okay. In conjunction with a new hinge, however, it would also give up its ghost prematurely and soon make it necessary to change the refrigerator hinge again. It is, therefore, essential to replace all of the hinges with new ones.
Put the refrigerator back together.
After the obligation, the freestyle in the project “Changing the refrigerator hinge” follows: The remaining work is a simple reversal of the work steps already carried out at the beginning. The refrigerator door is mounted on the outside of the new hinges. Then the front panel is attached to the door. The cover can be adjusted as required using the adjusting screws on the top. After all, it should later blend in perfectly with the rest of the kitchen front. Finally, all screw covers are put back in their original place.
Note: Don’t forget the plastic covers on the hinges! It’s not particularly nice if the metal parts are permanently visible when the door is opened.
Result: refrigerator door like new
If all screws and covers are back in position, you are done!
Changing the defective refrigerator hinge worked wonderfully and even took less time than expected. With a little patience during readjustments, the refrigerator door will sit just as securely and straight in its place as before.
Even stubborn sleepwalkers can dream of peace. Fortunately, there is no longer any need to pay more attention when closing the refrigerator at night!