LG Front Load Washer Door Swing


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Old 03-03-21, 04:37 PM
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LG Front Load Washer Door Swing

I just installed my new washer and dryer and was disappointed to find the washer door cannot be reversed. Why LG and others don't offer a washer with a right swinging door option is beyond me. Additionally, the door only opens 3/4 of the way. I don't have much clearance and would really like to find a way to either flip the door or modify the hinge to allow it to open to 180 degrees. Modifying the hinge would likely be the better option, as flipping door would require disassembling the machine and moving the interlock/latch to the other side. Has anyone attempted this modification?
 
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Old 03-03-21, 05:00 PM
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Not something I'd try on a front load washer.
 
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Old 03-04-21, 03:05 AM
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Are you positive about that swing not being reversible.

Ive owned several dryers, both conventional steel door and port hole style that I have changed the direction, it' typ build into the structure!

If it's not then it's not going to be moved!
 
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Many modern front door washers do NOT have reversible doors, especially models with controls in the door. If you attempt flipping the swing on the door expect to have to disassemble the machine and take on some custom parts fabrication in addition to voiding the daylights out of your warranty.
 
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I don't think I'll do anything too drastic. I'm hoping it will be a matter of doing a minor modification to the hinge so it doesn't stop 3/4 of the way. The door itself doesn't interfere with anything so it appears to be the hinge that is the limiting factor.
 
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I too have a new washer who's door swings in the wrong direction. Since most/all front door washers have a safety lock on the door they don't want anyone messing with a safety feature so you're pretty much stuck having to buy the machine with the door swing you want.
 
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As far as I know, most front loads open to the left.
 
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Old 03-04-21, 06:24 PM
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I took the door off, removed the hinge, and cut/grinded down the areas behind the hinges that were stopping the door from opening further. I could have take off a little more to get the door to open 180 degrees, but it's much better now so I'm happy.




 
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Old 03-05-21, 11:26 AM
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Sorry, guess a before image would help. And also a pic of the door. Still not great, but much better. Now I can wash the cat and prepare him for roasting 😄




 
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It worked out nicely. I can see where you would have been trapped between the door and the wall by a limited opening. Poor design on LG's part even if they issue a warning about not installing next to a wall.

Is the dryer stacked above? If not then still not the most convenient for transferring from washer to dryer but tolerable.

I note that most designers now put the washer on the left when installing in line with the dryer and most dryer doors can be repositioned for easier access. Stacked dryers open on the same side as the washer below, but inline dryers open opposite to avoid door interfering with clothes transfer.
 
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Old 03-05-21, 11:59 AM
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Yes, the dryer is stacked above, with a right swinging door. I'll be installing cabinets and a utility sink to the left. Otherwise I would put both on the floor. I just don't have the space to do both and really needed a utility sink.
 
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