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Reversing the Swing on a Fridge Door - Zanussi

Depending on the layout of your kitchen, you may need to reverse the swing of the fridge door. This is relatively straightforward to do, as explained by eSpares in this video - using a Zanussi fridge.

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Reversing the Swing on a Fridge Door - Zanussi

Having found your ideal fridge, and lived with it for a number of years, you may have decided that as you decorate you require a fridge door which opens from the opposite side. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy a new fridge.

Instead, you can reverse the swing on a fridge door, and in the above video, with the help of our experienced team, we explain how to do just this; and below we’ve compiled a simple step-by-step guide which takes you through every point covered in our video.

Step 1: The first step of any DIY task is to make sure that you have the right tools for the job; and to reverse the swing of your fridge door you’ll need a crosshead screwdriver.

Step 2: With the right tools to hand and ready for the task, the next step is to empty your fridge, before unplugging it and moving it to an area of the kitchen where you can gain full access to the appliance.

With this done, lay the fridge on its back giving you access to open the fridge door.

Step 3: Now the fridge is lying on its back and the door is open, remove the front feet, before unscrewing the bottom hinge, followed by the middle one which will allow you to remove the door.

Step 4: Once the door has been removed, take the pin out of the top hinge and move this to the opposite side, along with the plugs in the side of the fridge, followed by those at the top and bottom of the fridge door.

Step 5: Re-hinge the fridge, before adding the fridge door back, placing the fridge into its desired location, plugging the fridge in and re-stocking it.

There you have it, a step-by-step guide to reversing the swing on a fridge door.

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Rory from eSpares.

In this video, I'm going to be reversing the door on this Zanussi fridge freezer. Now you won't be able to reverse the door on all fridge freezers, and the process may vary for your model. You'll just have to check the user manual first.

Now as you can see, it would be more convenient in this kitchen if the door opened from this side, as it'll give you a bit more space. For this job I'll need a Phillips screwdriver and a helper.

First I'm just going to remove the shelves and all the food from the fridge so we can move it.

Now the fridge is empty, we need to move it somewhere where we can lay it on its back and get full access to it. So I'm going to switch it off at the back first, and then I'm going to get Helen to help me move it into the hallway.

So now we've moved the fridge into the hallway we've also propped it up, this is to make sure that the weight of the fridge isn't going down on the condenser coils, as this could damage them. First I'm going to open these doors, and you'll see what I need to do to remove the doors is  to remove this hinge in the middle, and this bottom hinge too. And I'm going to start by doing the foot, and these screws.

Once we've removed the bottom hinge we can also remove the freezer door so we can get to work on the middle hinge.

Once you've removed the middle hinge, you can then remove the fridge door.

I now need to get the fridge ready to be hinged on the other side. To do this, I'll need to remove this top hinge pin. If yours is a bit tight just give it a twist with the pliers and place it on the other side. I'll then need to remove these plugs and put them in this side of the fridge. I'll also need to remove the plugs on the tops of the doors to go from here to here. Finally, I'll need to remove the foot and the screws from this side of the fridge.

Now that's done I just need to re-hinge the doors, but the other way around. And you must start with the top door. Don't forget to put the screws back in the original side, as well as both feet. Now let's get this back in the kitchen.

There you go, it's all done now. The fridge opens the other way, which is a lot more convenient for this kitchen. This fix-it is fairly easy to do as long as you have a friend.

Thanks for watching.

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