Quick and Easy Guide to Removing the Doors of a Samsung Refrigerator

Quick and Easy Guide to Removing the Doors of a Samsung Refrigerator

Are you considering moving your Samsung refrigerator somewhere else and wondering if it’s possible to remove its doors on your own?

Well, we’ve got good news for you: it most certainly is!

Removing a Samsung fridge’s door is relatively easy, though you might need some assistance because it can be heavy. Otherwise, it’s a simple process that won’t even take half your day.

Let this guide walk you through all the steps. You might even feel like a professional at handling your fridge by the end of it!

How to Remove the Doors of a Samsung Fridge

How to Remove the Doors of a Samsung Fridge

To remove the doors of a Samsung refrigerator, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the tabletop cover of the refrigerator.
  2. Disconnect the electrical plug and water line.
  3. Secure the door in place using tape.
  4. Rotate the hinge fixer upwards, then slide it out of place.
  5. Pry the coupler off the door hinge.
  6. Lift up the door hinge carefully without removing it.
  7. Disconnect the wires and water line near the hinge.
  8. Remove the hinge.
  9. Peel the tape off and support the door.
  10. Lift the door up from its frame to remove it.

This is a simple method that won’t take you more than an hour to do. But Samsung refrigerator doors are surrounded by numerous wires, switches, and hinges that have to be disconnected from the fridge body.

Some of them require different tools, so before we detail the steps on how to remove each door on the unit, you’ll need to gather all the essential tools for the operation first.

With that in mind, we’ve prepared a checklist for you below.

Essential Tools for Removing a Samsung Fridge Door

If you’ve ever had to troubleshoot your refrigerator — or any other Samsung appliance, for that matter — to inspect its internal parts, you might be familiar by now with the type of screws that Samsung uses in its design.

If this is your first time tinkering with your fridge, don’t worry; your user manual includes this information, so you can consult it anytime.

Moreover, while we provide a list of the tools you’ll be using, we suggest checking the appliance box (if you still have it) or your toolbox first for the multifunctional tools that came with the unit.

For one, Samsung often includes an Allen wrench to make setting up and troubleshooting the appliance easier. It’s especially handy in fixing the unit’s door or adjusting its height.

To remove Samsung fridge doors, you’ll have to use the following:

  1. Philipps screwdriver
  2. T20 torque
  3. 5 mm Allen key
  4. Sockets of the following sizes:
    1. 10 mm
    2. 1 mm
    3. ¼ mm or quarter mil
  5. Drill
  6. Tape
  7. 3/32 Allen wrench
  8. Wrench or pliers (for disconnecting the water pipe)

What To Do Before Removing the Fridge Doors

Similar to troubleshooting your fridge for errors, removing its doors comes with a set of precautionary rules to ensure both your safety and your appliance’s.

Before attempting to unscrew any hinges, make sure to do the following:

  • Unplug the refrigerator. The first safety measure to solving any issue regarding your appliance is to power it off and unplug it so that no power will expectedly surge while you’re working.

Alternatively, if your fridge is connected to a circuit breaker of its own with no other essential appliances, you can choose to cut the power at the circuit breaker instead.

  • Remove the water line. The fridge’s water line goes through its doors, so to ensure that neither it nor the doors would get damaged, it has to be removed first.

To remove the water line, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Turn off the ice maker, then shut off the water supply valve. You can locate the valve at the end of the water pipe.

To shut off the water supply, rotate the valve 90 degrees counterclockwise.

  • Step 2: Locate the junction of the pipes. Your fridge’s water line has two separate pipes: one is connected to the valve, while the other is connected directly to the fridge.

If your fridge has separate colors for each pipe, simply locate where they meet. If not, look for a pipe connector or coupler near the center of the pipe.

  • Step 3: Loosen the pipe connector. This particular step might require the use of a wrench or a pair of pliers, as pipe connectors are typically tightly fitted to prevent leakage.
  • Step 4: Once the pipe connector is loose, disconnect the water lines. Be careful of water residue inside the tube as you do so.

Place a container below the junction of the lines you’ll disconnect to avoid spillage.

To disconnect them, simply pull each pipe away from the other. You can use a pair of pliers if the pipes are connected too tightly.

Once done, you can proceed to remove the doors without worries.

Quick Tip:

When cleaning your fridge, we suggest disconnecting the water line as well to check for contaminants. This also reduces tension around the pipe connector and makes it easier for you to disconnect the part the next time you need to do so.

How to Remove the Left Door of a Samsung Fridge

How to Remove the Left Door of a Samsung Fridge

If your fridge model uses a side-by-side design, the standard way of detaching its doors is to start with the left side first. 

This is where the ice maker is attached, so wires are concentrated in this area.

If you’re using a single-door model, this is the method you’ll have to do.

Important: As you’re following the steps, make sure you start with closed doors first. This will make it easier for you to remove the covers and wires above the doors.

  • Step 1: Remove the tabletop cover. As the name suggests, this is located on top of your fridge and it keeps the doors in place.

For this, you’ll need to use a drill to undo the three Phillips screws that attach the cover to the unit.

Once unscrewed, carefully lift the cover off by prying the parts indicated by the locking tab marks. These are illustrated as arrows.

When lifting the cover, be careful of the wires that are still connected underneath. The next couple of steps will be about disconnecting them, so let the cover sit on its side for a while as you work on the connections.

  • Step 2: Disconnect the electrical plug. You can identify this as the bulkiest component.

It’s rectangular-shaped and has a locking tab you can press to safely disconnect it.

  • Step 3: Remove the water line connection. Once you pry the cover off, you’ll notice another coupler among the wires.

To disconnect the water line from this, simply push the collar in as you pull the water line out. Do this gently but abruptly.

Important: Remove only the water line, not the coupler. The latter is connected to the door hinge.

  • Step 4: Use a piece of tape to secure the door in place. Make sure to use thick tape that can hold the door up as you work on the remaining wires.

Use as much tape as you think your fridge needs. But remember that you’re only trying to hold the door up, not totally lock it in place.

  • Step 5: Remove the hinge fixer. Once you’ve stabilized the door with tape, locate the hinge fixer at the edge of the doorframe and rotate it up to remove it.

Once it’s upright, it should slide out of its place easily.

  • Step 6: Remove the coupler from the door hinge. The coupler is held up by the bracket design of the door hinge itself.

Carefully pry this part out of its housing to have access to the door hinge.

  • Step 7: Remove the door hinge. Carefully lift up the hinge without prying it off completely.

You’ll notice several wires still lodge on brackets on the side of the hinge, including the water line. Remove them first before detaching the hinge from the fridge body.

  • Step 8: Peel the tape off and support the door. You need to be holding the part by its handle to be able to support one side of the door firmly.

Afterward, open the door halfway and proceed to the next step.

  • Step 9: Remove the left-side door from the hinge. Make sure to lift the door slowly off its frame to avoid scratching or damaging it.

If you have a single-door model, then you’re done! But if you still have another door — or three — to remove, set aside the first door in a safe place, then proceed to the next method.

Quick tip:

If you’re using a 4-door Flex model, you’ll have to do these steps again on the right side as well, as this particular model has a water line attached on either of the top doors.

How to Remove the Right Door of a Samsung Fridge

How to Remove the Left Door of a Samsung Fridge

Newer Samsung refrigerators typically incorporate a sleek but sharp French door design. 

With two doors that open individually, you can have twice the storage space without having to worry about energy consumption.

Note that the following steps only work on side-by-side doors. For the bottom doors of a 4-door Flex model, see the quick guide at the end of this section.

To remove the right-side door of a side-by-side French door fridge, do the following:

  • Step 1: Secure the door in place with a piece of tape. As there are no wires on this side of the fridge, you can skip right ahead into fastening the door to the frame as you did earlier.
  • Step 2: Remove the hinge. Without wire connections or water line couplers attached to this part, you can simply lift it up and pry it off.
  • Step 3: Peel the tape off and support the door by its handle.
  • Step 4: Open the door halfway, then lift it up to remove it.
Quick Guide on Removing the Bottom Doors of a 4-Door Flex Samsung Refrigerator:

Step 1: Remove the plastic shields on the bottom side of the doors. They’re like the tabletop cover, only shorter — covering only either corner of the fridge.
Step 2: Disconnect the wirings.
Step 3: Using a small screwdriver, press down on the hinge pin on the top corner of the door. Optionally, you can remove the hinges themselves if you’re attempting to move the refrigerator body.
Step 4: Lift the door off its frame and you’re done!

How to Remove the Freezer Door from a Samsung Refrigerator

How to Remove the Freezer Door from a Samsung Refrigerator

If you’re using a French door model with a freezer drawer, then this section is for you. Unlike the main doors of the appliance, you can rest assured that you won’t have to deal with wires during this process.

In fact, this might be the easiest, most straightforward part of disassembling your Samsung fridge! You’ll even only need a couple of tools.

To remove the freezer door on a Samsung refrigerator, do the following:

  • Step 1: Remove the freezer trays. The refrigerator has a total of two trays stacked on top of each other in its freezer assembly.

To remove the upper tray assembly, push a tray back into the rear as far back as possible. Then, lift the wheels out of the slots and pull the tray upward towards you.

To remove the bottom tray, tilt the rear of the tray and pull it back slightly until the front corners come off their slots. Afterward, you can tilt the tray forward and lift it up to remove it.

  • Step 2: Remove the 10 mm bolts on each side of the door. These bolts — two on each side — connect it to the sliding rails.

When removing the freezer door, you don’t have to remove said rails; you can simply push them back into the fridge body.

  • Step 3: Remove the freezer door. Ensure that you have firm support on both sides of the door, then lift up the door bracket and slowly pull it out of the slide rails.
Quick Tip:

To install the doors back in place, simply follow the steps going backward. Take note of the steps used to support the doors (i.e. securing the part with tape) as you’ll have to do them ahead of installing hinges and reconnecting wires.

And there you have it!

Removing the doors on your Samsung refrigerator isn’t a complicated process, even with the wires. You won’t even have to take a photo of them for reference!

It also doesn’t require expert technical knowledge to do, so you don’t have to hire professional help for it. Plus, it doesn’t take an hour to accomplish.

We hope this guide provided enough assistance to let you walk through the methods without a hitch. Alternatively, if you’re only looking to replace the door handles on your fridge, we have a guide for that as well.

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