How to Adjust a Whirlpool Refrigerator…[In-depth Guide]

There are different parts of a refrigerator that you can adjust. This article is on how to adjust a Whirlpool refrigerator.

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How to Adjust a Whirlpool Refrigerator Door

To adjust the door on a Whirlpool refrigerator, you need to determine the type of refrigerator you own. There are different methods of adjusting a Whirlpool refrigerator door. French-door refrigerators have an alignment screw between the door and drawer. Side-by-side models have the screw at the bottom screw. Check out this article on how to level Whirlpool refrigerator doors for details. Follow the same process to adjust the door height on the unit.

How to Adjust a Whirlpool Refrigerator Temperature

When you buy a new Whirlpool refrigerator, the temperature is set at the factory to a midpoint. That setting can cool beverages and other items for proper use. However, if you need to have a colder temperature in the refrigerator, adjust the control to a higher point. 

For example, if the setting is in the middle, press the refrigerator temperature button to move the setting higher. The same applies to the freezer section. To make the refrigerator or freezer warm, use the temperature button for the respective section to lower the setting. The lower it goes, the warmer the section becomes. 

Note that each Whirlpool refrigerator model has a different method for adjusting the temperature. Some have digital displays and some have control dials. Therefore, it is best to consult the use and care manual for the unit to determine the correct method for your specific model. Also, wait 24 hours after each temperature adjustment before making another one to allow the refrigerator to adjust to the setting.

How to Adjust a Whirlpool Refrigerator Door Swing

To adjust the door swing on a Whirlpool refrigerator, open the door and empty the door bin. That means removing every item stored in the door. Next, lift the door up and out of the bottom hinge pin. It should easily come loose, but the door tends to be heavy, so you may need to have someone to help you.

Lay the door down on a flat work surface and check the bottom. Get a drill with a square bit and use it to remove the exposed bottom hinge. Also, remove the bushing from the door. Now, move the bushing and hinge to the new spot on the door. Ensure the bottom of the hinge is parallel to and level with the door’s bottom before securing it to the new spot.

After securing it, turn the hinge until the base sits at an angle of 90 degrees to the bottom edge of the door. Swing the door a few times to check how well it closes and opens. If the setting is correct, close the door and check how well it rests on the base. You can check for door swing adjustments on the use and care manual or contact the Whirlpool Service Center for professional assistance.

How to Adjust Whirlpool Refrigerator Wheels

To adjust the wheels of a Whirlpool refrigerator, you need to locate the wheels beneath the unit. You may have to remove the front bottom grille to access them. Follow the instructions in the user manual to remove the grille. Some refrigerators have legs, so adjust the leveling legs with your fingers. 

If you cannot do it with your fingers, find a helper to tilt the refrigerator a little to the back. That way, you have access to the legs and can adjust the legs with a crescent wrench. Turn the leg to the left or counterclockwise to lower the unit’s front or to the right or clockwise to raise it.

How to Adjust Whirlpool Refrigerator Legs

Follow this guide to adjust the legs on a Whirlpool refrigerator. The same applies if you want to adjust the height of the unit. It is essential to consider the Whirlpool refrigerator model you own to determine how to adjust the legs or height. Different models have varying numbers of adjustment screws, and the method of aligning them differs.

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How to Adjust a Whirlpool Refrigerator

To adjust or level a Whirlpool refrigerator, locate the alignment screws beneath the unit. You may have to remove the front bottom grille to reach the screws. Check out this article on how to level a Whirlpool refrigerator to determine if your model has more than one alignment nut and in which direction to turn them. You can follow the same instructions to adjust the height of the refrigerator.

How to Adjust a Whirlpool Refrigerator Door to Close

If the door on your Whirlpool refrigerator does not close, it may be that the hinge is broken or damaged. You may need professional help to fix or replace the door hinge, but the door will not close if the hinge is bad.

Another part to check is the door cam. Sometimes, you may hear a loud popping noise when you open or close the refrigerator door. The closing cam makes this noise if it is damaged, and you have to replace it if that is the case. Read this article for steps to replace the closing cam.

It may also be that the door has too many items. Weight can also cause the door to become misaligned. So, check for heavy jars stored in the door bins and redistribute the weight within the refrigerator.

How to Adjust the Water Dispenser on a Whirlpool Refrigerator

To adjust the water dispenser, you may need to calibrate the measured Fill feature. Before you begin, flush the system by dispensing a few gallons of water from the dispenser. Also, ensure the household water supply is not in use while calibrating the feature.

Next, get a measuring cup and place it on the tray beneath the spout of the water dispenser. Locate the Measured Fill button on the control panel and press it. Hold the button for about three seconds and the Measured Fill and Calibration icons should illuminate and remain so during calibration.

Dispense water to get to the fill line in the cup; if the water spills or overfills, throw it out and start the calibration process again. When the water reaches the fill line in the measuring cup, press the ring button center to confirm the calibration process. Once confirmed the icon for Calibration should disappear from the display as it returns to the normal display.

Note that how you calibrate the Measured Fill feature in your specific Whirlpool refrigerator model may differ from this process. Therefore, consulting the user manual for instructions is crucial. If you do not have the manual anymore, contact the Whirlpool Customer Care Center for assistance.

Water Dispenser Working Slowly

If the problem is that the water dispenser is too slow and you need to adjust it to function better, check the water filter. A clogged water filter interferes with the water pressure and when the pressure drops, the water cannot dispense fast enough. 

Replace the filter if it has been in use for longer than six months; ensure you get the correct type for a Whirlpool refrigerator. Once you replace the filter, flush the system by dispensing water for a few minutes. Alternatively, wash and reuse it if the water quality in your area is soft and clean.

Another consideration is an in-house water filtration system. If you have a reverse osmosis water filtration system, it affects the water pressure. The dispenser and ice maker cannot work as they should if the water pressure is low. 

The reason is that the water flow is not high enough to reach the ice maker and dispenser. Consequently, they become too slow. Consider running a separate water line from the main water source to the refrigerator for the dispenser and ice maker. Channeling the water away from the filtration system helps improve the flow of water.

If nothing else fixes the problem and the water dispenser still needs to be adjusted, get professional help. Contact Whirlpool or hire an independent but qualified appliance technician to check and fix the dispenser issue.

How to Adjust Shelves in a Whirlpool Refrigerator

To adjust the shelves in a Whirlpool refrigerator, remove the contents of the refrigerator or those on the shelves you need to adjust. Start with one shelf; slide it out until it stops. Next, lift the front of the shelf or its back to release it from the stop, depending on the refrigerator model. Then, slide it all the way out.

Put the shelf back in place by sliding its back into the wall track that corresponds with the level you want. Now, guide the shelf’s front into the track as you slide it in place, and ensure the shelf fits into it all the way.

Some models work in a different way. In such models, you will need to tilt up the front of the shelf or frame. Lift it up and out of the supports on the shelf. Next, fit it back into the refrigerator by guiding the hooks at the rear of the shelf into the supports. Tilt the shelf front up and keep moving it until the hooks at the rear drop into the supports. Then, lower the front and fit it into position.

Infinity Slide Shelves

Some Whirlpool refrigerators have shelves that tuck away to make room for tall or large objects. They may even have two such shelves. If you have such a model, push the shelf portion that is adjustable to the rear of the unit as far back as it can go in order to retract the front part. To return it to its original position, pull the retracted portion out until it fully extends.

Adjusting the Shelf Height

Lift the shelf to release it from its mounts and turn the flipper to the orientation you want. Do the same for the other mounts. Apply gentle pressure on the shelf top to ensure it firmly sits on the mounts.


Properly adjusting a refrigerator ensures it works optimally. This article is an in-depth guide on how to adjust a Whirlpool refrigerator. There are several parts you can adjust for better performance, especially if there are issues with those parts.

Learn how to adjust the door, wheels, temperature, and height of the refrigerator. You can also adjust the entire refrigerator using the alignment nuts and rearrange the shelves to fit bigger and taller items. However, contact Whirlpool if you have difficulty adjusting any part of the unit or employ the services of a qualified technician for further assistance.

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