Knowing how to level a Kenmore refrigerator is primary to the refrigerator’s functionality and power consumption. Let us show you how to level it.
How to Level a Kenmore Refrigerator
To level a Kenmore refrigerator, take the following steps:
Place a leveling gauge on the refrigerator’s top before starting. The gauge will help you know when you have successfully leveled the unit. Check it from time to time while working on the unit.
Remove the grille or toe kick at the bottom of the unit. It does not need unscrewing; firmly pulling it out usually works.
There may be a bracket hiding the feet of the refrigerator. Find a small blunt object to pry it loose. You will see the adjustment screws of the feet behind it.
The screws are labeled A and B. The screw marked A adjusts the foot in front while that marked B adjusts the foot at its back.
Turn the screws counterclockwise to lower the refrigerator and clockwise to raise it. Doing this levels the refrigerator from one side to the other side and from the front to the back.
The gauge will inform you when you need to stop. Consult the user guide to learn how to use the gauge if you are not sure.
Put the cover of the bracket back in place to hide the screws and replace the grille or toe kick in its position.
It is important to level the refrigerator properly. Whereas an evenly leveled refrigerator makes the door too difficult to close and seal, one that is leveled to tilt it a little to the back helps to close and seal the door properly.
Leveling from the front to the back needs only tilting the refrigerator about ½ an inch to the back. If you exceed this number, the door will always slam shut and won’t stay open when you need it.
Moreover, improper leveling could affect how well your food in the refrigerator cools and is preserved. Coolant won’t flow correctly, thereby impeding the cooling capacity of the unit. Besides, it consumes more energy as the unit runs constantly in a bid to maintain a cool temperature.
Here is a video showing how to level a Kenmore refrigerator (top freezer)…
Note: These steps cut across all Kenmore refrigerator models if you want to level them.
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How to Level a Kenmore Refrigerator Door
To level or adjust the door of a Kenmore refrigerator, take the following steps:
You need to lower the refrigerator and lay it down on its back. So find someone to help you as the refrigerator is heavy. If you are just installing it for the first time, it makes the job easier for you. But if you have been using it, empty it first before laying it down.
With a carpenter’s level, take a measurement of the bottom, going from the front to the back. You should find the feet of the refrigerator level. But if the feet are not level, fix them to level or adjust the unit’s door.
The feet of the Kenmore refrigerator are found on the left and right of the front bottom of the unit. Turn the feet right or left to lower or raise the unit respectively.
From your measurement, you will be able to determine whether your refrigerator needs to tilt back or tilt forward for the door to level. Therefore, adjust the feet and check the door until you get the result you need.
As you do the leveling, make sure it does not affect the refrigerator’s leveling. Keep it level from the front to the back and from one side to the other side.
Afterward, set the unit upright with your helper and check the door. It should be level at this point if you went through the process correctly. But if there is a need for more leveling, repeat the process.
Leveling or adjusting the door of your Kenmore refrigerator helps it to seal properly and improves the cooling capacity of the unit. It also saves energy as the refrigerator does not have to run constantly in trying to maintain a cool temperature.