Both the hinges and latches have a number on the back. In addition, they may say “flush” or have the offset size, e.g. 1 1/8, 1 ½, etc. It is important to have that number on the back to ensure you get the proper replacement.
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Walk in cooler or freezer hinges are either flush or offset. The easiest way to determine which style you have is to place your hand on the outside wall of the walk-in and slide it towards the door. If the door stops your hand from moving across the door then you have an offset door. If your hand slides across the door it is flush.
Determine the offset measure by measuring from the wall surface to the door surface. The offset measure combined with the number on the back will ensure you receive the correct hinge.
Also, some walk-in hinges are reversible. If you receive a hinge and it is the reverse of what you need, you can reverse the new hinge.
Walk-in latches, like hinges, are for either offset or flush doors. Use the same procedure as you would for a hinge to determine if it is an offset or flush latch. Also make sure you find the number on the back of the latch.
Edgemount latches and hinges are most commonly found on reach-in type refrigerators and freezers. Edgemount means they mount on the edge of the door. The hinges and latches can mount on either side of the door.
Some hinges are spring assisted and some are self-closing:
- Self-closing hinges use a cam system to close the door
- Some of the edgemount hinges have spring assist kits available. As with all latches and hinges, there’s a number on the back for identifying the correct replacement
There are two types of edgemount latches: Magnetic type or those that have a strike that the latch locks into. These latches also have a number on them.
The best way to get the correct hinge or latch is to get that number off the back!