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In this paper, a new criterion for reordering of low-density parity-check (LDPC) coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) subframes is proposed for type I hybrid automatic repeat request (H-ARQ) systems. It is verified from numerical analysis that a subframe reordering pattern having larger channel capacity shows better bit error rate (BER). Also, it is shown that the subframe reordering pattern achieving equal combined power allocation for each subframe maximizes the channel capacity and outperforms other subframe reordering patterns in terms of BER performance. Simulation results are provided to confirm that for a very slow varying fading channel, the proposed subframe reordering scheme for achieving equal combined power allocation gives better BER performance than the conventional Chase combining scheme without increasing the decoding complexity.