A refrigerator door that isn’t closing properly can reek havoc on the temperature in your appliance’s fresh food compartment. Although a damaged gasket is often the cause, there are other intricate parts of the door that can break, such as, the door closure. The door closure is a small plastic piece that the door rides on when it opens and closes. If the piece is damaged, it can make closing your Whirlpool refrigerator model WRF535SWHV door difficult. Luckily, replacing the part is a simple repair that most can accomplish on their own.
Appliance Repair Safety Tips
- To avoid electrocution, always unplug your refrigerator before you begin a repair.
- Protect your hands and eyes by wearing work gloves and safety goggles
- If you don’t feel as though you can safely and successfully complete the repair, please contact an appliance repair specialist.
- Step stool or a Ladder to reach the top of your refrigerator
- Phillips screwdriver
- Ratchet with a 5/16″ socket
How to Replace the Door Closure in Your Whirlpool Refrigerator
- Get up on your ladder to reach the top of your refrigerator door. Using your Phillips screwdriver, unthread the screw that secures the door hinge cover to the top of your appliance. Then, lift the hinge cover up and off your refrigerator.
- With the hinge cover removed, use your ratchet with a 5/16″ socket to take out the screws holding the hinge to the appliance. Once the screws are out, remove the hinge.
- Step off your ladder or step stool while keeping one hand on the door to support it. When both of your feet are back on the ground, carefully lift the door up and off your refrigerator, and place it somewhere safe and out of the way.
- Now that you’ve removed the door, you can see the door closure. To uninstall it, simply lift it off the hinge pin it covers.
- Grab the new door closure, and place it on the hinge pin by lining up the small pin on the closure with the hole in the hinge.
- Once the door closure is situated, retrieve your refrigerator door and line up the hole on the bottom of the door with the newly installed door closure. Then, carefully swing the door closed.
- While keeping one hand on the door to hold it in place, climb up your ladder, and reinstall the top door hinge. Once you’ve secured the hinge with the screws you took out earlier, replace the hinge cover and its single screw.
- At this point, step down from your ladder and test the door by opening and closing it a few times. If the door closes properly, your repair is complete.
If the temperature in your refrigerator is fluctuating and a door malfunction isn’t the cause, please contact us today and we’ll happy to help you diagnose the issue.