How to Take the Handles From a Maytag Fridge

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Maytag refrigerators come in many styles, such as top-freezer, side-by-side, French door and bottom-freezer. The way the door handles attach to the refrigerator can vary as much as the refrigerator styles. Bottom-freezer and top-freezer Maytag fridge handles must be removed to reverse the door swing. It is not necessary to reverse the door switch on side-by-side and French door refrigerator models, but you may need to replace damaged handles.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Small flat-head screwdriver
  • Masking tape
  • Hex key set

Top-Freezer Door Wraparound Handles

  • Open the freezer to access the screws holding the handle to the door. Remove the flat-head screws from the top and bottom of the handle along the top and bottom of the freezer door.

  • Cover the tip of a small flat-head screwdriver with masking tape to protect the refrigerator finish. Use the screwdriver to pry the screw cover from the bottom of the refrigerator door handle.

  • Open the refrigerator door to access the flat-head screws holding the top of the handle to the top edges of the door. Remove the screws from the bottom of the handle.

Top-Freezer Door Contour Handles

  • Open the refrigerator and freezer doors to access the screws on the bottom edge of the freezer door and the top edge of the refrigerator door. Use a flat-head screwdriver to remove the handle screws.

  • Look for the small recessed setscrews along the sides of the freezer and refrigerator door handles. The freezer setscrew installs near the top of the freezer handle. The refrigerator setscrew installs near the bottom of the handle.

  • Insert a hex key into the setscrew openings. Turn the setscrews counterclockwise to release the refrigerator door handles.

Side-by-Side Refrigerator Handles

  • Open the refrigerator and freezer doors to access the setscrews along the inside of the handles.

  • Look for the small recessed setscrews near the top and the bottom of both handles.

  • Insert a hex key into the setscrew openings. Turn the setscrews counterclockwise to release the door handles. Pull the handles off the handle mounting brackets.

Bottom-Freezer and French Door Metal Contour Handles

  • Look for the small recessed setscrews near the top and the bottom of the refrigerator handle. The setscrews on the freezer handle are located along the bottom of the right and left side of the handles.

  • Insert a hex key into the setscrew openings. Turn the setscrews counterclockwise to release the door handles.

  • Pull the handles off the handle mounting brackets.

Bottom-Freezer and French Door Plastic Contour Handles

  • Grab the refrigerator door handle.

  • Push the door handle up toward the top of the refrigerator to slide the handle off the mounting brackets attached to the refrigerator door.

  • Grab the freezer door handle.

  • Slide the handle to the left to release it from the mounting brackets attached to the freezer door.

Bottom-Freezer Plastic Handles

  • Look along the top of the refrigerator door for the flat-head screw securing the handle trim. Remove the screw to release the trim and expose the flat-head screw holding the top of the handle to the door.

  • Cover the tip of a small flat-head screwdriver with masking tape to protect the refrigerator finish. Use the screwdriver to pry the screw cover from the bottom of the refrigerator door handle.

  • Remove the handle screws to release the handle from the refrigerator door.

  • Open the freezer to access the flat-head screws holding the freezer handle to the top of the door. Remove the screws to release the freezer door handle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Older model bottom-freezer refrigerators may have a side-mount refrigerator door handle. Remove the flat-head screws from the bottom and top of the handle to release it from the refrigerator door.

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