How to Take the Handles From a Maytag Fridge

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It is not difficult to take off the handles from your fridge.
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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. When performing a Maytag refrigerator door removal to reverse the door swing, you may also need to remove the handles on some models.

Bottom-freezer and top-freezer Maytag refrigerator 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; you may simply need to replace a Maytag loose door handle or damaged handles.

Top-Freezer Door Wraparound Handles

For the freezer door:

  1. Open the freezer to access the screws holding the handle to the door.
  2. Remove the flat-head screws from the top and bottom of the handle along the top and bottom of the freezer door.

For the refrigerator door:

  1. Cover the tip of a small flat-head screwdriver with masking tape to protect the refrigerator finish.
  2. Use the screwdriver to pry the screw cover from the bottom of the Maytag refrigerator handle.
  3. Open the refrigerator door to access the flat-head screws holding the top of the handle to the top edges of the door.
  4. Remove the screws from the bottom of the handle.

Top-Freezer Door Contour Handles

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.

  1. Use a flat-head screwdriver to remove the handle screws.
  2. 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.
  3. Insert a hex key into the setscrew openings. Turn the setscrews counterclockwise to release the refrigerator door handles.

Side-by-Side Maytag Refrigerator Handles

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

  1. Look for the small recessed setscrews near the top and the bottom of both handles.
  2. Insert a hex key into the setscrew openings. Turn the setscrews counterclockwise to release the door handles.
  3. Pull the handles off the handle mounting brackets.

Bottom-Freezer/French Door Metal Contour Handles

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.

  1. Insert a hex key into the setscrew openings. Turn the setscrews counterclockwise to release the door handles.
  2. Pull the handles off the handle mounting brackets.

Bottom-Freezer/French Door Plastic Contour Handles

For the refrigerator door:

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

For the freezer door:

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

Bottom-Freezer Plastic Handles

For the refrigerator door:

  1. Look along the top of the refrigerator door for the flat-head screw securing the handle trim.
  2. Remove the screw to release the trim and expose the flat-head screw holding the top of the handle to the door.
  3. Cover the tip of a small flat-head screwdriver with masking tape to protect the refrigerator finish.
  4. Use the screwdriver to pry the screw cover from the bottom of the refrigerator door handle.
  5. Remove the handle screws to release the handle from the refrigerator door.

For the freezer door:

  1. Open the freezer to access the flat-head screws holding the freezer handle to the top of the door.
  2. Remove the screws to release the freezer door handle.
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Cecilia Harsch

Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.