Integrated appliances make a kitchen look uncluttered and sleek. A continuous line of kitchen units uninterrupted by white goods makes the space look bigger. But what do you do when you need to adjust the integrated door hinges?
I’ve fitted many integrated fridges over the years, and in this guide, I’ll explain how to adjust integrated fridge door hinges so that you can prevent your cabinet doors from scraping along the floor.
Types of Integrated Door Hinges
Before adjusting it, you must first understand what type of door hinge you have.
Most integrated appliances operate on a sliding hinge, but you can also get a door-on-door hinge, where the fridge door attaches directly to the cabinet door.
Let’s take a look at the merits of both.
Sliding Integrated Hinge
A sliding hinge allows the fridge door to glide along a track system when you open and close the door.
The fridge door attaches to a hinge inside the cabinet door, so it works independently of the cabinet door hinge.
This door hinge system is the most common because it’s cheaper and easier to install, and it’s also easier to adjust. However, because the fridge door runs along a guide rail, there’s potential for the hinge to move over time, causing opening and closing issues.
All IKEA kitchens use sliding hinges only. Do not attempt to use any other type of hinge.
Door-on-door hinges differ from sliding systems because the fridge door is connected directly to the cabinet via the hinge. There is no movement as you open and close the door, and the fridge door doesn’t slide along a rail system.
This hinge type is sleeker and sturdier and rarely needs adjustment. However, you can’t retrofit this hinge to your existing fridge door.
Unlike sliding systems, you only need one hinge to anchor the fridge door to the cabinet, so while they’re more expensive, you save on hinges.
Pro Tip: Our guide to the types of hinges gives you the lowdown on standard hinges found around your home.
Check out the video below to get an idea of the difference between the two hinge types:
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Flathead screwdriver.
- Phillips screwdriver.
- Spirit level.
How To Adjust Integrated Fridge Door Hinges — Step-by-Step Instructions
1. Remove the Cap
Open the cupboard door and locate the screws that need adjusting.
If you see screw caps covering the screws, remove them. Use a flathead screwdriver to leverage it off and set it aside somewhere safe.
2. Loosen the Screws
You’ll need a flathead or a Phillips screwdriver to loosen the screws. Twist them anti-clockwise, but don’t remove them entirely. The fridge door should feel loose so that you can adjust it manually.
Repeat this process, loosening the middle screw and lifting the fridge door so it lines up with the top of the fridge.
Pro Tip: The top screw adjusts the top of the door, and the middle one does the same for the middle of the door. Line the door so that all the seals make contact when closed.
3. Check Everything is Level
Place the spirit level on the top of the fridge door to check its level. Do the same with the top of the fridge. Once everything lines up, tighten the middle and top screws to hold the fridge door in place.
Close the door and check the top of the fridge door with the top of the fridge. It should seal with an even gap along the length and width of the door. Repeat the process if you notice that the door is still uneven.
Pro Tip: Holding the door and adjusting the screws can be tricky, so ask for help. An assistant can hold the fridge door while you loosen and tighten the screws.
4. Test the Door
Open and close the door to check that there are no obstructions. The door should move freely without catching on the floor or the underside of the kitchen cabinet.
As a final check, close the fridge door and ensure it seals all around. If it does, pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
Adjusting integrated fridge door hinges is quick and easy, so don’t put it off. Remember, damage to your fridge when it fails to seal and scratches on your kitchen floor are expensive to rectify.
Now that you’ve successfully adjusted your integrated hinges, consider refreshing your entire kitchen. For example, if your cabinets look old and tired, check out our guide to painting kitchen cabinets.
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