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LG Refrigerator Leveling Instructions

Installation Refrigerators Last Updated 08/28/2015

Proper leveling of the refrigerator cabinet and the individual door units ensure efficient operation. A level refrigerator prevents air leakage, which may cause frost buildup around the icemaker and freezer fans. If the refrigerator displays the IF or FF error code, leveling the refrigerator is the best remedy. Specific instructions are provided based on the style of refrigerator.


  1. If the refrigerator seems unsteady or doors are not closing properly, use a level to determine if the refrigerator cabinet needs leveling. You may need to fine-tune the height-adjusting screws. To start, open the refrigerator and freezer door, remove the screws on top of the kick plate and remove the kick plate.

  2. Tilt the refrigerator back and place a wooden block under the front edge.

  3. Level the refrigerator by using an 11/32 in. (8-mm) wrench or a flathead screwdriver. Turn the leveling legs counterclockwise to raise them or clockwise to lower them.

  4. Check the level and repeat the process. The door should shut by itself when opened at a 45-degree angle.

  5. Place a level on top of the doors to determine if the individual doors need leveling. Level the doors by inserting a flathead screwdriver into the groove on the height adjusting screw, rotating it clockwise until the doors are level with one another.

  6. If the refrigerator had frost buildup, allow 72 hours for the defrost cycle to eliminate the frost. For new installations, allow the refrigerator to run for at least four hours before storing food.

  1. If the refrigerator seems unsteady or doors are not closing properly, use a level to determine if the refrigerator cabinet needs leveling. You may need to fine-tune the height-adjusting screws. To start, open the freezer drawer, remove the screws on top of the kick plate and remove the kick plate.

  2. Tilt the refrigerator back and place a wooden block under the front edge.

  3. Level the refrigerator by using an 11/32 in. (8-mm) wrench or a flathead screwdriver. Turn the leveling legs counterclockwise to raise them or clockwise to lower them.

  4. Check the level and repeat the process. The door should shut by itself when opened at a 45-degree angle.

  5. Place a level on top of the doors to determine if the individual doors need leveling.

  6. Both the left and right refrigerator doors have an adjustable nut, located on the bottom hinge, to raise and lower them to align properly. Use the wrench included with the refrigerator to turn the nut in the door hinge to adjust the height.

  7. If the refrigerator had frost buildup, allow 72 hours for the defrost cycle to eliminate the frost. For new installations, allow the refrigerator to run for at least four hours before storing food.

  1. If the refrigerator seems unsteady or doors are not closing properly, use a level to determine if the refrigerator cabinet needs leveling. You may need to fine-tune the height-adjusting screws. To start, open the refrigerator door, remove the screws on top of the kick plate and remove the kick plate.

  2. Tilt the refrigerator back and place a wooden block under the front edge.

  3. Level the refrigerator by using an 11/32 in. (8-mm) wrench or a flathead screwdriver. Turn the leveling legs counterclockwise to raise them or clockwise to lower them.

  4. Check the level and repeat the process. The door should shut by itself when opened at a 45-degree angle.

  5. Place a level on top of the doors to determine if the individual doors need leveling.

  6. Gently pry off the Top Hinge Cover with a flat head screwdriver and remove. Loosen the Top Hinge Bolts using a 10 mm or 13/32 inch socket wrench.

  7. Have someone hold the freezer door so the space between the two doors is even, and retighten the top hinge bolts. Replace the Top Hinge Cover.

  8. If the refrigerator had frost buildup, allow 72 hours for the defrost cycle to eliminate the frost. For new installations, allow the refrigerator to run for at least four hours before storing food.

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