How to Fix a Loose Handle on Kitchen Aid Fridge


Loose handles on a refrigerator can be annoying and eventually damage the skin of the refrigerator door if not corrected. The process of fixing a loose handle on a KitchenAid refrigerator depends on the type of refrigerator and handles you have. Some handles have visible screws while others have decorative trim covering the screws. There are also handles that simply slip over handle brackets. Fixing loose handles is a matter of repositioning the handle and tightening the screws.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver

Side By Side Refrigerators

  • Slide the upper and lower trim off each handle. Find the seam where the curve of the handle meets the door. Grasp the trim by the side, slide the trim up on the upper piece and slide the trim down on the lower piece.

  • Loosen the screws attaching the handles one full turn with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Press the handle against the door firmly and retighten all four screws.

  • Slide the handles straight up if your handles do not have trim and no visible screws. The handle slides over brackets that secure to the refrigerator.

  • Look at the inside of the handles where they slide over the bracket and inspect for damage. Cracked handles require replacement.

  • Tighten the screws securing the handle brackets to the refrigerator door with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Position the handles over the brackets and pull down to secure the handles.

Top Mount Refrigerators

  • Open the door that has the loose handle. Loosen the screws that secure the handle to the top and lower edge of the door with a Phillips-head screwdriver if the loose handle is on the freezer door. Turn the screws one full turn counterclockwise.

  • Push the handle firmly against the door and tighten the screws.

  • Slide the lower trim off the handle if the refrigerator door handle is loose. The bottom of the handle uses a decorative strip to cover the lower securing screws. Insert a flat-head screwdriver into the visible seam to slide the trim down.

  • Loosen the screws securing the bottom of the handle on the face of the door and the screws on the top edge of the door with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Push the handle firmly against the door and retighten the screws. Slide the decorative trim back over the lower part of the handle until it snaps into place.

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