How to Take the Handles From a Maytag Fridge

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.

Top-Freezer Door Wraparound Handles

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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

Side-by-Side Refrigerator Handles

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

Step 9

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

Step 10

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.

Step 11

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

Step 12

Pull the handles off the handle mounting brackets.

Bottom-Freezer and French Door Plastic Contour Handles

Step 13

Grab the refrigerator door handle.

Step 14

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

Step 15

Grab the freezer door handle.

Step 16

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

Bottom-Freezer Plastic Handles

Step 17

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.

Step 18

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.

Step 19

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

Step 20

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.