Originally Posted by Casita Greg
I bought two of them, and installed them on both the top and bottom hinges. And, fwiw, historically, it is generally the top hinge that would be the one to fail if it does.
And that is not the extent of potential "fridge door" failures. The inside plastic shelves on the door are also very weak and prone to breaking. They are also ridiculously overpriced to buy if you need to replace them when they do fail. Mine have too. I rebuilt and reinforced them with additional "beefing up" of the sides where the shelves slip into the mounting grooves on the door itself. That is where they break.
I added sections of 1/2" PVC pipe, with about a 1/4 radius removed, which I glued to the corners of the shelves with PVC pipe glue, and after they hardened up, I filled the hollow areas with Sika-Flex white sealant, like filling an eclair pastry. That really reinforced those corners. I also added small angle brackets under the middle of the shelves and added some screws in the sides to add additional support. I now travel with those shelves fully loaded and I have not had a problem with a broken shelf since.
As Greg suggested, I bought two hinge reinforcement kits from LHC and reinforced both the upper and lower refrigerator
door hinges on our Casita
The installation is simple and straightforward
Six years later the door on our Casita refrigerator
still worked perfectly
As far as the plastic parts cracking breaking , I made the repairs with glue and some metal reinforcements- not beautiful but functional.