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How to Remove Wood Panels from a Refrigerator

White kitchen with fridge covered in grey wood panel

In the old days, back when your grandfather was a little boy, fridges were basically one style. You lived with the color and design the refrigerator was given and there was no other choice except to buy a new fridge in a different color.

As times change, technology has been able to change that business strategy and now you can customize your fridge with just a little effort. If you change your kitchen’s color, you do not have to buy a new fridge. You simply change the panels.

To learn how to do that easily, just continue to read our article. It has the instructions you need to do the job right.

Removing the Panel on A Sub-Zero Fridge

Variety of pieces of wood panel stacked on top of each other and fanned out

Removing and changing the panel on the fridge sound complicated, sophisticated, and hard to work with. In reality, it is not hard to work with as changing the panel is quite simple and easy to do.

With a little mechanical or carpentry skill, you can do the task in no time. And you do not have to unplug the fridge to do the job.

Step 1: Accessing the Handle Screws

Sub-zero fridges have a built-in look to them. What that means is that the screws holding the handles in place are hidden. They are generally hidden behind a magnetized trim piece.

To access those screws, place a piece of tape on the magnetized trim and pull it up and grab the trim so you can take it off.

Step 2: Remove the Handles

Once exposed, you just take the right screwdriver and loosen the screws so that they come off by hand. You will want one hand holding the handle while the other removes the screws.

When the screws are out, simply take the handles off and set them aside in a safe place.

Step 3: Removing the Panel

The panels are usually set in a channel, so they are not hard to remove. Place your hand on one side of the panel and push it towards the open end of the channel. Take your other hand and grab the other end of the panel when it appears at the open end of the channel.

Pull the panel out and set it aside as well.

Step 4: Replacing the Panel

Simply reverse the process of the previous 3 steps. Place the new panel inside the channel and carefully slide it into place. Then replace the handles and screw the screws in so that they are tight and secure. When that is done put the magnetic trim back into place.

Removing the Front Panel of a Fridge

Modern kitchen in sage green with dark wood panel on fridge doors

One of the good things that technology has done over the years is that it helps people customize their appliances without going to a lot of expense. It has helped redesign the fridge, so you only have to replace one panel to get it to fit in with your new kitchen colors. Here are the steps to follow to do just that:

Step 1: Remove the Screws – These are normally found holding the trim in place at the top of the fridge doors.

Step 2: Pull the Rim – You do this by firmly grabbing the outside trim on the doors away from the fridge. This action should release the hold the magnets have on the trim.

Step 3: Remove the Panels – Now you have to grab the panel and make sure to pull it away from the trim. The other doors will be done in the same manner.

Step 4: Installing New Trim – Slide the panel into the old panel’s place making sure they fit properly. Then slide the side trim under the top trim piece to hold the panel and the side trim in place.

Now, double-check to make sure all the trim pieces are in their correct positions and that the magnets have a good hold on those fridge pieces.

Step 5: Tighten the Screws – The screws will secure everything and keep them in place. When they are tight, you are done.

Some Final Words

It probably took you longer to read this article than it will take you to replace those panels. That is how easy this task is. If you are careful and know what you are doing, the chore will be over before you know it.

Your fridge will fit in with your new kitchen decor and you can be proud of the good job you did.

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