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How to Fix a Loose Handle on Kitchen Aid Fridge

Step-by-step guide to tightening the handles and screws of top-mount and side-by-side refrigerators. Includes instructions for refrigerators with applied trim kits.

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. 


Side-By-Side Refrigerators


Refrigerators With Trim Kits

    Gently Remove Trim

  1. 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.
  2. Locate Screws and Tighten Screws

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

Refrigerators Without Trim

    Slide Handle Off Bracket

  1. Slide the handles straight up if your handles do not have visible screws. The handle slides over brackets that secure to the refrigerator. (For handles with screws, see above.)
  2. Check For Damage

  3. Look at the inside of the handles where they slide over the bracket and inspect for damage. Cracked handles require replacement.
  4. Tighten Bracket Screws

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

Top-Mount Refrigerators


Freezer Door

    Loosen Counterclockwise

  1. 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. Turn the screws one full turn counterclockwise.
  2. Press Firm and Tighten Screws

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

Refrigerator Door

    Remove Decorative Trim

  1. Slide the lower trim off the handle of the refrigerator door. The bottom of the handle uses a decorative strip to cover the lower screws. Insert a **flat** screwdriver into the visible seam to slide the trim down.
  2. Push Handle Firmly and Tighten Screws

  3. 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** 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.
  4. Things You Will Need

    • Phillips Screwdriver
    • Flat Screwdriver

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver

About the Author

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.