This video provides step-by-step repair instructions for replacing the hinge bearing on a Frigidaire upright freezer. The most common reasons for replacing the hinge bearing are when the door slips down when it is open, isn’t level, or doesn’t automatically shut when let go.
All of the information for this hinge bearing replacement video is applicable to the following brands:
Frigidaire, Kenmore, Gibson, Universal, Westinghouse, Tappan, Kelvinator, Crosley, Montgomery Ward
As with any repair, you should unplug the power cord before beginning.
To replace the hinge bearing on your freezer
First remove the screws to release the kick plate.
Next, use pliers to detach the door wire harness retainer from the frame.
Untwist the second retainer to release the wire harness and disconnect the harness connecter.
Next, remove the upper hinge cover.
Use a tamper-proof bit to remove the two hinge screws.
Support the door as you pull off the upper hinge then carefully lift the door off of the lower hinge and set it down on a blanket or towel.
Now use a flathead screwdriver to pry out the old bearing if still intact. You’re now ready to install the new hinge bearing.
Apply some tape to help hold it in place, then align the bearing with the tab facing outward and push it firmly into the door.
Apply some lubricant to the hinge cam then reinstall the door by positioning it on the cam.
Support the door as you replace the upper hinge and secure it loosely with the screws.
Confirm that the door is level then tighten the screws.
Replace the hinge cover.
Reconnect the door wire harness then secure the harness in the twist retainer.
Snap the second retainer into the hole in the frame.
Reposition the kick plate and replace the screws to secure.
You’re now ready to plug the power cord back in and confirm that the door opens and closes properly.