A refrigerator door that slams shut can cause items on the door shelves to fall over, spill or break. But a few simple adjustments can stop this from happening. The cause of the problem is almost always a sloped or uneven floor, but don't worry: You don't have to pull up the whole floor to keep the refrigerator door from slamming.
Things You'll Need
- Spirit level
- Screw driver
- Pieces of scrap wood, 2 inches square, 1/8-inch thick
- Soft foam
- Sticky tape
Lay the spirit level on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator, turning it at various angles to determine in which direction the refrigerator is sloping. Make a note of this.
Try levelling the refrigerator. Empty the contents and check for screws going down into the refrigerator legs through the refrigerator floor with arrows marked "Raise" or "Lower" or words to this effect which indicate that the level can be altered by turning these screws. These screws may be concealed by panels which can be levered open with a screw driver. Turn these screws, raising the legs of the refrigerator in the corners where the spirit level shows it is too low.
Make a quick fix by cutting small strips of foam and taping them to the door and door frame, both at the hinge and the closing edge. Make them thin enough that they do not stop the door from sealing properly when it closes. The strip at the closing edge will soften the impact while the strip at the hinge can jamb the door slightly to stop it closing without an extra push.
Try swapping the door hinge onto the opposite side. This may make the door swing open instead of shut but this is less of problem because you hold the refrigerator door when you open it. This way you can bring it to rest in the open position and it will stay there rather than swinging closed. Empty the contents of the door shelves, unscrew the bolts or screw which connect the hinges in the door to the body of the refrigerator and connect them again to the hinges on the other side of the door. This may be concealed under a panel, which can be lifted with a screw driver.
If the level cannot be adjusted from the inside, lay the refrigerator down on its side, and take note as you do this of where the legs stand on the floor. They usually will have left a mark in the floor but if not make one with a pencil. Check for a bolt or screw which allows the leg lengths to be adjusted from outside; if found, adjust accordingly. If not, place squares of wood where the appropriate leg or legs will stand to raise the low side of the refrigerator and make it level.
Stand the refrigerator back up and check with the spirit level to see if now stands level. If not bring it back down to its side, make adjustments and check again.
- Photo Credit Eier image by Corrie from Fotolia.com
How to Switch a Door From Right-Opening to Left-Opening
Changing the "swing" on a door (the direction it opens in and the side it opens from) is a project that can...
How to Silence a Slamming Door
Having a loudly slamming door in your house can really rattle your nerves. But, you can put an end to the noise....
How to Fix a Refrigerator Door Seal
Refrigerator door seals, also called gaskets, can be one of the easiest repairs available. Order the correct replacement and easily install it.
How to Stop a Door From Closing
Having a door that won't stay open can be a major annoyance and inconvenience. Even when you leave it open, it may...
How to Stop an Unlevel Door From Swinging Open or Close
It can be kind of a pain in the rear when doors won't stay open and keep swinging halfway shut. So if...
My Refrigerator Door Will Not Stay Put
Refrigerator doors are finicky beasts. Sometimes it seems like any minor blockage, gasket issue or installation problem can cause fridge doors to...
How to Stop Cabinet Doors From Slamming
If you are tired of hearing your cabinet doors bang when you shut them, there is a solution. A very simple fix...
How to Keep My Drawers From Slamming Shut
Kitchen drawers will break and the slide mechanism may buckle from continuous slamming. Home improvement and hardware stores stock soft close drawer...
My Bedroom Door Will Not Stay Open
Doors opening and closing themselves may be the stuff of ghost stories, but basic construction issues explain what’s happening -- at least...
How to Stop a Refrigerator Door From Hitting the Wall When Opened
When you crack open your refrigerator in search of a snack, the loud sound the door makes when it hits the wall...