Replacing the freezer door rail slides in an Amana-built, bottom-mount refrigerator: A photo odyssey

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on September 19, 2010

in Refrigerator Repair

So here’s the photo odyssey you’ve been waiting for: replacing the freezer door rail slides in an Amana-built, bottom-mount refrigerator.

Some things that may necessitate you doing this job would include the rails making the door hard to open or keeping it from closing reliably.

So let’s begin, shall we?

Freezer door

In this first photo, notice that I’ve got the door off the rails with the support arms still attached to the door. When you do this job, you do not need to remove those support arms from the door; simply pull the door out all the way and lift it up off the slide rails. You can then set the door aside so you have clear access to work on the slide rails,

Old Slides

Here, I’m showing you the old rail so you can see how it’s installed. Notice in particular that there’s a little plastic catch in the back; click the thumbnail and you’ll see a larger view where the catch will be annotated with a note. You need to depress the catch in order to release the slide rail and it slides right out.

Slide Holster - Remove four 1/4 inch hex head screws to remove.

In this next photo, I’m showing a slide rail holster and its retaining screws that you can remove in case you do need to remove or replace the holsters. Generally, you don’t need to replace the holsters unless they’re cracked or damaged. They’re just cheap plastic and they will break on occasion but this is rare. Most of the time, you’ll just be replacing the slide rails.

Comparison of the old-style slides (top) and new, upgraded slides(bottom)

Okay, moving on. In this next photo, I’m just showing you a comparison between the old sliding rails and the upgraded slide rails. These slide rails have been upgraded to a include a catch mechanism that will catch the door in the last couple inches of closure and help pull it all the way closed. There were lots of complaints of the freezer door not closing reliably so they added a spring-assist closing mechanism to the upgraded slide rails to help fix that.

Closeup of upgraded slide snap-back mechanism housing

Here I’m just showing a close-up of the closure mechanism that’s been added to the new rail assembly.

Removing the new, upgraded slides

And finally, I’m revealing the trick for how to remove the slide rails on the upgraded rail assembly. The door-assist closure assembly covers the access hole to depress and release the slide rail from the holster. So they drilled this little access hole that you can stick a small screwdriver through to depress the plastic catch and release the slide rail. Ain’t that sweet?

And, to make your joy complete, here’s the part link for the slide rails.  They’re ambidextrous so the same part works on the right and left side.  But you should always change ‘em as a pair.

http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail.aspx?s=t-1007413-%3d%3di1007413&PartID=1007413

The plastic holsters, OTOH, come in left and right-hand flavors. So if you need a replacement holster, be sure you order the correct one. Here’s the right-side holster:

http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Shelf-Component/1022821

and there’s the left side:

http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Shelf-Component/1022820

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