Side-by-side and French door refrigerators require proper door alignment to ensure a proper seal and to ensure the refrigerator maintains its desired look. All refrigerator manufacturers provide an adjustment that allows each door to be raised and lowered to keep the doors aligned. Sometimes the problem with unaligned doors is not the doors, but with the levelness of the refrigerator body. Checking the refrigerator body can often resolve misaligned doors before touching the door-alignment screws.
Set the level on top of the refrigerator body. Ensure the level does not sit on the doors. Check the level to ensure the bubble is centered between the lines. If it is on one side or the other, the refrigerator is not sitting level.
Pull forcefully on the grill just above the floor to remove it. Turn the leveling legs under the refrigerator until the bubble in the level is centered between the lines.
Run your hands between the front corners of your side-by-side refrigerator doors to determine if the doors must be aligned. Check to see if one door hangs lower or higher than the other. Alternatively, feel across the top of a single-door unit to determine if is not hanging straight.
Locate the door-adjustment screw or screws. Door adjustment screws are generally where the bottom door hinge mounts to the body of the refrigerator. Determine the type of wrench required to turn the screw as different manufacturers use different adjustment screw styles. For example, some refrigerators have a recessed screw that requires a nut driver or Allen wrench; others use an exposed bolt head that requires a wrench.
Turn the adjustment screw of a low-hanging door clockwise to raise it; turn the adjustment screw of a door that is too high counterclockwise to lower it.