How to Oil a Squeaky Fridge Door

Answer

As with the hinges of any other door, refrigerator door hinges are susceptible to developing an annoyance creak. After some time, the lubricant that is supposed to be within the hinge will wear away, and then you will be able to hear the metal rubbing against each other, which will result in the squeaky sounds. The doors of most refrigerators are attached to the cabinet by means of two hinges, one of which is situated at the top of the door and the other at the bottom. The door to the freezer section also has two hinges, however since it is opened less often than the other doors, these hinges typically need less lubrication than the others. A brief application of lubricant to the hinges makes it possible for the door to be opened in a manner that is both silent and unruffled.

  1. Take food and condiments out of the shelves and compartments that are located on the inside of the refrigerator door.

  2. According to Dive Deep Inside, you should remove any decorative plastic caps that are covering the top or bottom hinge. In most cases, little pressure is all that is required to remove them.

  3. Raise the open door an eighth to a quarter of an inch. The hinges of almost all doors include some wiggle room, which enables the door to be lifted without having to be totally removed from its frame. It is preferable to have one person raise and hold the door while another person lubricates the creaky hinges. If the door won’t lift, you’ll need to loosen the screws at the top of the hinge, but you shouldn’t take them out entirely. Remove the door entirely off its hinges, then prop it up against a wall.

  4. According to the instructions provided by GE Appliances, a drop of penetrating lubricant designed for use on refrigerators or petroleum jelly should be squirted into the hinges using a needle oiler bottle. These bottles come with a long applicator that resembles a syringe, which enables you to inject the lubricant directly into the hinge. Lubricate either side of the hinge by applying the lubricant to both the top and the bottom hinge.

  5. In the event that it’s necessary, replace the door. Adjust the screws as needed, then replace the covers on the hinges.

    Things You Will Need

    • Screwdriver

    • Penetrating lubricant or petroleum jelly

    • Needle oiler bottle

    Tip

    Apply a very light layer of the petroleum jelly all over the door seals with a rag. The lubricant maintains the seals and contributes to the extension of their service life.