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Old 10-14-2018, 04:10 PM   #1
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DOMETIC 4 door refrigerator

Replaced broken handle on domestic refrigerator door. It appears the refrigerator door handles ( left and right) are too close together to allow the door handles to open ( they hit against each other preventing door from becoming unlatched. The freezer door handles have a bit more space between them which allows door handles to open doors. Does anyone know how to get a bit more space between the two handles.? These are worst designed refrigerator handles in the history of RV refrigerators. I am open to any suggestions.
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Old 10-14-2018, 04:53 PM   #2
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Dometic got auto-spell corrected to Domestic?

Are you trying to open both of the pair of doors at the same time? Assuming you can open either door one at a time this may be a feature to keep them from accidentally opening on the road.

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Old 10-14-2018, 05:57 PM   #3
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Dometic got auto-spell corrected to Domestic?

Are you trying to open both of the pair of doors at the same time? Assuming you can open either door one at a time this may be a feature to keep them from accidentally opening on the road.

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No just one at a time but if I force the Handle i know itís going to break again. There is not enough room between the 2 handles they push against each other preventing the door from opening. I have to open freezer then bend the latch on the refrigerator door so it will open. Itís hard to explain if you donít have this type of fridge.
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I understand the concept/interference. Moving the doors outboard will open the distance between them. Any slippage available at the hinges? Try this:

Loosen all hinge screws and place a shim between the doors and close them an put outward pressure on the hinges. Start with a thin shim and add to it until you can't close the doors with it between them. Tighten the screws to preserve the setting.

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Old 10-14-2018, 07:02 PM   #5
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I'd be looking to see if the door hinges are out of adjustment. They are not all like you describe yours being. This space between the freezer doors is the same as between the refrigerator doors.

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i'd be looking to see if the door hinges are out of adjustment. They are not all like you describe yours being. This space between the freezer doors is the same as between the refrigerator doors.

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I have uploaded pictures of my refrigerator if anyone has suggestions I would welcome them. Not sure how I would adjust these doors.
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Old 10-15-2018, 04:50 PM   #8
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I have a 2018 Forester and have the same issue with the refrigerator doors. I have not broken them yet but they are difficult to open, The service tech advised me to be careful with them because they have had to replace several door handles and they are not covered by warranty.
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We have the Dometic 4 door in our new Forester and don't have the problem either... maybe it was corrected in the 2019 models?
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I also broke the right refrigerator handle the first time out. After I replaced it, I realize on mine that if I open the left door first- then the right door opens easily. Just have to go with the flow.
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