January 11, 2021

How to replace a flipper mullion on a French-door refrigerator

How to replace a flipper mullion on a French-door refrigerator

This DIY repair guide gives step-by-step instructions for replacing a flipper mullion on a French-door refrigerator. The flipper mullion creates an airtight seal between the closed refrigerator doors. A small heater inside the flipper mullion prevents condensation from forming on the mullion. Replace the flipper mullion if it's damaged or when its heater quits working, causing the mullion to sweat.

Follow the steps in this repair guide to replace the flipper mullion using a manufacturer-approved replacement part.

This repair procedure works for the replacing the flipper mullion in many Kenmore, LG, Samsung, Frigidaire and Whirlpool French-door refrigerators.

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Tools required
Phillips screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
How to replace a refrigerator flipper mullion

How to replace the flipper mullion on a French-door refrigerator.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Disconnect power

    Shut off the house circuit breaker for the refrigerator or carefully pull the refrigerator forward and unplug the refrigerator.

    The refrigerator will be without power for about 15 minutes, which shouldn't affect most refrigerated or frozen foods. However, you may want to move highly perishable food to a cooler.

  2. 02.

    Remove the flipper mullion

    Using a Phillips screwdriver, remove the screws from the center flipper mullion bracket. Slightly lift the flipper mullion and release it from its top and bottom brackets. Then, unplug the flipper mullion wire harness.

    PHOTO: Remove flipper mullion screws.

    PHOTO: Remove flipper mullion screws.

    PHOTO: Unplug the flipper mullion wire harness.

    PHOTO: Unplug the flipper mullion wire harness.

  3. 03.

    Install the new flipper mullion

    Hold the flipper mullion near the door and connect the flipper mullion wire harness. Attach the flipper mullion to the top and bottom mounting brackets. Align the center bracket mounting holes and install the mounting screws.

    PHOTO: Attach the new flipper mullion.

    PHOTO: Attach the new flipper mullion.

    PHOTO: Install the flipper mullion screws.

    PHOTO: Install the flipper mullion screws.

  4. 04.

    Restore electrical power

    Plug the power cord into the wall outlet or reset the house circuit breaker for the refrigerator. Move the refrigerator back into the cabinet if necessary.

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