How to Replace a Stainless Steel Refrigerator Door

Replacing a stainless steel refrigerator door is similar to replacing any other type of refrigerator door.
With stainless steel, you need to be much more careful because the door can scratch and you can leave finger marks—use gloves. Both white and stainless doors are susceptible to damage of the bottom hinge, it can bend, so be careful when you put the door down.

Step 1

Place the door on the bottom hinge. (You may need a friend to help you.) Position the door at 90 degrees from the refrigerator carcass. The front of the door should be in line with the side of the fridge. Lower the door straight down onto the bottom hinge pin.

Step 2

Replace the top hinge and the hinge covers. Use a torx screwdriver to replace the top hinge. If there are covers, snap them back on.

Step 3

Visually check for level. If there are two doors, check that they are level with each other. Just eyeball it. There is an adjustment nut on the bottom hinge which you can move with a wrench.

Step 4

Reconnect the water and wiring. One door may have an ice dispenser chute and a water dispenser. Insert the water tubing near the bottom hinge on the door into the coupling on the fridge. Reconnect the wiring harness--it’s in the same area.

Step 5

Close the doors, connect the water supply at the wall and turn the fridge back on.

Things You Will Need

  • Stainless steel refrigerator door
  • Torx T-20 screwdriver
  • 1/16-inch open wrench
  • Work gloves

Tip

  • Removing the doors is also easy. Remove the doors when you’re storing a fridge to avoid children getting trapped inside—they like playing in refrigerators. The hinge covers can break though, particularly any retaining tabs. Hold the covers by grasping them on their sides and don’t dig at them with a screwdriver.

About the Author

Patrick Nelson has been a professional writer since 1992. He was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication "Producer Report" and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson studied design at Hornsey Art School.