If your LG freezer door is broken, don’t panic and replace your entire appliance! This easy-to-follow guide will walk you through how to install a replacement door.
This guide applies to all the main models of LG freezers and refrigerators, including:
1. Make sure the entire door needs replacing
If your freezer door is obviously damaged or broken, it’s easy to tell that the entire door needs replacing. However, if the issue is something more subtle, such as the door not staying shut, figuring out the problem is a little more difficult.
When your freezer door is not staying shut, you may assume there’s a problem with the door mechanism. However, sometimes the problem lies with the door gasket or seal.
To check whether the seal is the issue:
- Carefully inspect the entire gasket all around the freezer door. If the seal appears cracked, broken, or loose in any place, it likely needs replacing.
- If the gasket appears in good condition, you can test it to ensure it’s properly sealed by using a piece of paper. Place the piece of paper between the freezer door and the freezer, and shut the door. It should provide resistance when you try to pull it out. Test this all around the freezer door, and if it appears loose in any places, you may need to replace the gasket.
- Also check for frost buildup around the gasket. This can prevent the door from sealing properly. If you find frost, you’ll need to defrost the freezer so it will close properly.
- If you complete these checks and the door is still not closing properly, there is likely an issue with the door itself and you’ll need to replace it.
2. Assemble your tools
Once you have determined that you need to replace your freezer, make sure you have everything you need on hand. You can either source a replacement door directly from the manufacturer or purchase a quality second-hand replacement.
You’ll also need a screwdriver and gloves to protect your hands. Make sure you disconnect your freezer from the power before you begin.
3. Disconnect the old door
- First, you’ll need to disconnect the water dispenser hose.
- Hold the retainer with one hand and unplug the hose with the other. Some models have a double water line, in which case you should unplug both hoses.
- On the top cover of your freezer door you will find three screws. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove these screws, and put them somewhere safe to use later.
- Remove the plastic cover from the top of your freezer door. This should pull off easily now that the screws are removed.
- Beneath the plastic cover you should see the wiring. On the left side of the cover you will see two wiring connectors. Unplug these.
- You will also see the ground wire held in place by a screw. Use your screwdriver to remove this, and put the screw safely with the other ones.
- Make sure the water hose is loose on the back of the freezer door, then carefully pull the water hose out from the top of the freezer door.
- Now it is time to remove the hinge locker. Turn the locker to remove, which will then allow you to remove the hinge. Slide the hinge over the wires and the water hose until you reach the narrow part where you can remove it.
- Temporarily place the end of the water hose in the same hole as the wires to hold it in place while you remove the freezer door.
- Now you can gently lift the freezer door and take it off. Put it aside and get your replacement door ready.
4. Connect the new door
- Position the new door in place.
- Remove the water hose from where you placed it earlier and insert it into the water hose holder at the top of the new door.
- Replace the hinge. You’ll need to place it onto the hose at the narrow part before sliding it over the thicker part. Then you can add the wiring bundles into the hinge.
- Ensure the hinge is hooked into place, then press it into place in the new freezer door.
- Place the hinge locker, making sure to lock it into place correctly.
- Now push the water hose all the way into the hole until it reaches the connection point at the back of the freezer door.
- Use the screwdriver to reattach the ground wire in the same position it was before.
- Plug the two wiring connectors back together.
- Place the wiring under the top cover, then position the cover back into place. Secure it with the three screws you removed earlier.
- Connect the water hose back together, ensuring it is properly connected.
- You’re finished! Enjoy your new LG freezer door.
When removing your old freezer door, it may be useful to take a picture of the wiring and hose to help you remember exactly how everything should sit. Then you’ll have something to refer to when you’re putting your new LG freezer door in place.