How to Fix a Refrigerator Handle

In an average household, a refrigerator handle is operated hundreds of times every month.

A refrigerator handle can become loose over time.A refrigerator handle can become loose over time.
Over many months and years, the handle is pulled and pushed thousands of times. This causes the screws to work their way loose. The handle then becomes wobbly and loose. If the handle is not repaired, it may cause greater damage to the handle or the refrigerator door. Repairing a refrigerator handle is accomplished with ordinary household tools and little effort.

Inspect the handle and locate where it fastens. On some models, the screws may be hidden beneath beauty caps where the handle attaches to the surface of the door. On other models, the screws may be on the inside edge of the door.

Pry off the beauty caps that hide the screws, if they exist. Use the blade of a standard screwdriver to gently pry around the edges of the caps until they are free from the handle.

Remove the screws from the handle using a Phillips screwdriver or a nut driver, depending on the type of the screws. Inspect the screws thoroughly. If they look stripped or otherwise damaged, take them to a hardware store and purchase replacement screws.

Insert the screws through the handle and into the screw holes in the door. Twist the screws several turns by hand to ensure they are threaded correctly. Tighten the screws securely using a Phillips screwdriver or nut driver, depending on the type of the screws. Do not over-tighten the screws, but ensure they are snug. Snap the beauty caps back in place for handles that had them.

Things You Will Need

  • Standard screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Nut driver
  • Replacement screws

About the Author

Damon Koch has years of writing experience ranging from software manuals to song lyrics. His writing has appeared in software manuals for Human Arc and on the CDs "Small Craft Advisory" and "Impersonating Jesus." He also has worked in building maintenance since 2004. He has attended Lorain County Community College as well as Cleveland State University.