Side by Side Refrigerator Handle Tighten, Remove and Replace

If your SxS refrigerator handle is loose, making noise or even falls off after use, it may not have been installed properly by the owner or installer.  Some handles are not factory-installed. The handles are installed by the owner or installer as directed in the Installation Instructions. Download a copy of the Installation Instructions

Stainless Handles:

  • Push the handle so it is flush with the door face. Most handles require a 3/32" or 1/8" allen wrench to tighten.
  • For instructions on replacing the handle:

The video features a French Door Refrigerator; however, the handle installation is similar to SxS handles.

Plastic or Painted (Colored) Handles

Handles with Cap (over each end of handle)

  • Carefully, pop off cap. Use a small, thin screwdriver at the side edge of the cap.
  • Tighten the bolt under the cap.
  • Snap cap in place

Handles with Locking Tab:

  1. Take off handle. To remove:
    1. Locate locking tab under the handle at the upper handle base.
    2. Press the locking tab down and pull the handle up and away from door.
  2. Use a 3/16-inch Allen wrench (WX05X10316) to tighten the mounting stud. Turn clockwise to tighten.
  3. Replace handle

For instructions on replacing the handle: