How to Fix a Samsung French Door Refrigerator Mullion Flap Spring

How to fix a Samsung French door refrigerator mullion flap spring by installing a new spring and pin. I have a 4 year old Samsung French door refrigerator model RF268ABRS. The left door wouldn’t close because the center mullion flap wouldn’t retract and hit the right door. I found a small broken spring on the kitchen floor and realized it fell off the door flap causing the problem.

Broken French Door Mullion Spring

The spring retracts the door flap so the door will close. A broken spring causes the flap to swing open blocking the door:

Samsung French Door Refrigerator Won't Close - Mullion Flap Blocks Door

Samsung French Door Refrigerator Won’t Close – Mullion Flap Blocks Door

The purpose of the mullion spring is to retract the door flap to engage the track in the refrigerator cabinet:

Samsung French Door Refrigerator - Spring Retracts Mullion Flap to Engage Track

Samsung French Door Refrigerator – Spring Retracts Mullion Flap to Engage Track

How to Fix a Samsung French Door Refrigerator Mullion Flap Spring

I ordered a replacement French door mullion spring and pin from AppliancePartsPros.com by looking up the refrigerator model number and identifying the parts on the door diagram. The parts cost about $6 and arrived in 2 days via FedEx. This is the new pin (part # DA81-01346A  / AP4162150), spring (part # DA81-01345B  / AP4577072) and broken spring:

Samsung French Door Refrigerator Repair Parts - Mullion Flap Spring and Pin

Samsung French Door Refrigerator Repair Parts – Mullion Flap Spring and Pin

Remove the Broken Door Spring

The old spring broke off at the elbow inside the hinge. Insert the new spring in the bottom of the hinge to push out and remove the broken part:

French Door Refrigerator Repair - Push Out Broken Flapper Spring

French Door Refrigerator Repair – Push Out Broken Flapper Spring

Hole Worn in Door Flapper Case

Looking closely at the mullion flap I see a hole is worn through the case. A new case (part #14-1 on the diagram) is only $16 which I’ll order for a follow-up repair:

Samsung French Door Refrigerator Repair - Hole Worn in Mullion Case

Samsung French Door Refrigerator Repair – Hole Worn in Mullion Case

Install the New Door Spring and Pin

The white plastic pin fits over the leg of the spring. The spring can only be installed one way and it doesn’t matter which end is “up”:

Samsung French Door Refrigerator Repair - Mullion Flap Spring and Pin Assembly

Samsung French Door Refrigerator Repair – Mullion Flap Spring and Pin Assembly

Insert the pin and spring into the hinge of mullion flap:

Samsung French Door Refrigerator Repair - Install Mullion Flap Spring

Samsung French Door Refrigerator Repair – Install Mullion Flap Spring

The lower end of the spring is inserted into the door hinge with my fingers. No tools are needed.

French Door Refrigerator Repair - New Flapper Spring and Pin

French Door Refrigerator Repair – New Flapper Spring and Pin

The spring repair is complete.

The spring retracts the flap when the door is open. I hadn’t noticed the spring until it broke because it’s concealed in the pocket:

Samsung French Door Refrigerator Repair - Mullion Spring Retracts Flap

Samsung French Door Refrigerator Repair – Mullion Spring Retracts Flap

Expensive Refrigerator Design Flaws

I’m surprised that a refrigerator with a nearly $2,500.00 price tag has poorly designed parts that can’t handle a longer duty cycle. It seems it was designed to fail. Samsung and LG are both Korean manufacturers that share the same door flap design with an exposed easy to replace spring. LG refrigerators are sometimes rebranded as Kenmore with the same problem.

Best,

Bob Jackson

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4 Responses to How to Fix a Samsung French Door Refrigerator Mullion Flap Spring

  1. dan spott September 25, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    Your repair of the french door mullion is great..but my spring is hidden somewhere on the Samsung 2 door french. Any ideas where or how to get at to replace. Spring does not show at all.
    thanks

    • Bob Jackson September 25, 2016 at 8:10 pm #

      Go to Appliance Parts Pros (see the link in the article) and enter your refrigerator model #. The parts diagram will be displayed. Examine the door parts to locate the mullion spring. That should tell you how what to take apart to get at it.

  2. John Korstad, PhD November 26, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    Very helpful! Thanks.

  3. Patrick Abramowich December 31, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    Spot on advice. Thank you!

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