Trying to install hinge kit 5303918455 on Kenmore side by side refrigerator. Instructions are minimal, but step one is to remove both freezer and refrigerator doors. Is this necessary...can this be done without removing the doors? Saw a similar repair on YouTube that kept the doors in place with blocks supporting the doors.
You would only have to remove the door of the hinge that you need to replace. You would remove the door take the screws out of the hinge and install the new hinge in accordance with the instructions. If you are replacing both lower hinges then you can remove 1 door at a time rather than both at the same time.
What part/parts do we need to adjust the fridge door up. Its about 1/2 lower then the freezer door.
You will want to check to make sure that the cams are not broken which would cause the door to be lower. You can also raise the door if the cams are not broken via the bolt at the bottom of the hinge which raises and lowers door. If the cam is broken or the bearing it will need to be replaced.
Both the freezer and the refrigerator doors make a loud clicking/popping sound when opened and closed. Can you tell me what parts I would need to remedy this annoying problem?
Answer Hello Michelle,
The two parts that will have to be replaced are the upper and lower door closer plates. The upper closer plates 240457701 affix to the bottom of the door and the bottom closer plates 5303918455 affix to the lower door hinge. The lower ones are not available unless the lower door hinge is ordered. This is the mysterious way that the manufacturer has decided to make the parts available. These should be lubricated periodically with petroleum jelly and to make the door closer plates last longer, heavier items should be placed on a shelf inside the unit, while the door shelves should be primarily used for lighter weight items.