Reversing the handles on a GE fridge.

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Question Reversing the handles on a GE fridge.

Hi again guys,

We have a GE fridge (GTS182BSURSS). We want to switch the handles to the other side. At first, I thought that all I need to do is remove the hinges, flip 'em, then install them onto the other side. But it doesn't look like that's the case.

So, here's our plan:


Here's the hinge:


Underside view. Notice the torx/security screws.


Hinges with both doors open. More torx screws.


So, here are my questions:
  • Do I need to buy new hinges so they can be moved to the other side? I've looked at them closely, and it doesn't look like they removed, then switched over. In other hands, are there "right-handed" versus "left-handed" hinges?
  • I've noticed that the hinges have to torx/security screws. My understanding is that torx screws exist when you AREN'T supposed to modify certain parts. Is this true? Or can I go ahead and buy a torx driver and remove the hinges?
 

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Old 01-10-15, 01:06 PM
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These doors (all reefer doors) are fully ready to be reversed. Pay attention to the nylon spacers (bearings). Make a simple drawing if needed of how parts were placed on hinge pins.

Save the buttons that are currently on left side of door to cover up holes you will be revealing on right side, when swapping handles.
 
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(Handyone to the rescue. Again!)

Thanks! I'll just go ahead and get a torx driver and get to work, then.
 

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Another tip is to remove top door first, then middle hinge, then lower door and hinge.
Assemble in reverse, bottom hinge, bottom door, middle hinge, top door and hinge.
Any spacers or cams will be installed opposite of where they were.
Looks like a fairly new fridge, instructions are in manual. The installers/delivery guys should have done this for you, this is a perfect example of where doors need reversed to allow for loading/unloading fridge.
 
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Old 01-10-15, 02:58 PM
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Brian gave you some good tips. All fridges come with reversible doors.

I was looking for the parts listing for your fridge but the model number is incorrect.
 
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Thanks, guys. And yes- I typed out the model name incorrectly. It should've been GTS18SBSURSS.

The fridge was bought used, so that explains why it's all "backwards". Just waiting on my torx keys to come in from Amazon, and I'll be in good shape thanks to your installation tips.
 
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Good Job. Once you reverse doors you will see that it looks like it was never touched.
 
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