My mother-in-laws bottom freezer door will not open. In fact, she pulled on the handle so hard, it detached from the door front.
I tried to open it, but it's stuck on the right side; the left side will pull away about an inch, but the drawer will not slide out. At first I thought it was mechanical, but a local repair shop advises that is not possible (they can get out to her house for 4 days).
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Re: Freezer door will not open!
Something has caused the gasket material to adhere; either the material from which the gasket is made or a spill of something sticky that has dried.
If you can get a crack to open anywhere, slide a butter knife into it and wobble or rock it while applying a little pull to the door.
Once opened and cleaned, treat the seating area for the gasket with silicone spray from an auto parts or home improvement store.
I wouldn't spray it on the surface but on a clean rag to wipe the gasket seat; the volatile carrier of the spray may damage some paints or plastics.
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by the look of the picture it should not have that problem
something jammed or fallen on both openings
that stop doors from opening
call a fridge repairer first
those doors cost a lot to replace
maybe the fridge guy can you undo the top hinge of the french doors
if the freezer draw handle is broken you might need his help with that anyway
Mine does that too. I've simply accepted the fact the the screw holding the handle on just loosens over time. Periodically, when I feel the handle becoming loose, I tighten it with an allen wrench and go on.
This is normal and nothing to worry about. The warm air that enters the freezer when the door is open simply cools and causes a pressure drop in the freezer whioch makes the door hard to open for a while until the pressure equalises. It at least proves that you have good door seals!
My dad's freezer handle is loose, model ABB2224DEW. Went to partselect.com and located drawing of freezer door parts. Found a link to a "do-it-yourselfer" that describes removal and replacement of the handle. Hopefully this helps.
Replacement of freezer door handle. 1. Removed freezer door handle. First I read the freezer door handle removal instructions in the Amana refrigerator user guide. Removing the handle requires inserting a plastic card at least 1.5 inches under the left end of the right side of the handle so it releases the butterfly clip latch on the freezer door. Next I pulled the right side of the handle to lift it away from the freezer door. Then still holding the handle away from the door, at the spot that is 1.5 inches from the inside of the right side of the handle, I held the plastic card vertically and slid one corner of it between the handle and the freezer door and worked the card down until it released the butterfly clip latch. Keeping the card at the same space under the handle so the latch was released, I then turned the card to the left until it was horizontal and was lifting the left end of the right door handle away from the freezer door. I then slid the handle across the card to the left until it cleared both door butterfly clip latches and it lifted off the door. 2. Installed freezer door handle. First I read the freezer door handle installation instructions in the Amana refrigerator user guide. The handle is curved on one edge and must be installed the curved side down. Correctly installed, the outside ends of the handle curve upward and the handle curve is down so it looks like a frowning mouth. Next holding the handle curved edge down, I turned it up so I could see the brackets and held it against the door. I lined up the handle brackets slightly to the left of the butterfly clips on the freezer door. Next I turned the handle with the brackets against the freezer door and slid it slightly to the right until the left side of the handle held onto the door butterfly clip by itself but was not latched. Then I lined up the right handle bracket with the right freezer door butterfly clip and carefully slid the whole handle to the right until I heard the left butterfly clip latch click. Next I slid the handle back slightly left once more and then slid it back to the right until I heard the right butterfly clip latch click.
Parts Used:HANDLE, DOOR (WHT)Level of difficulty:
Time to do repair:
30 - 60 mins
Let it thaw, just like you're doing. Afterward, the door will open. You might be able to speed the process with hot water and a turkey baster. Beginning at the top of the door, take the business end of the baster and stick it between the door gasket and frame and squeeze. 'Course this will make a mess, but you won't lose the food that's in the freezer, right?
Write back and let me know what you find when you get the door open. Like was there a slab of ice on the freezer floor? Frost build up on the wall? Stuff like that. It'll help me figure out what caused this.
Another thing, when you write back, include the model number and manufacturer number (These are listed on a sticker inside the fridge). With those numbers, I can look up a door handle for you.
that handle is just pressure fit on the clips securing to the door. grab hold ad PULL.and i mean PULL the the right. it will snap off just make sure you really PULL it. after that you cantighten the brackets on refig and inside the handle as well
I had the same problem. It took me an hour to figure out that the bottom freezer handles clips onto the door using butterfly clips. To tighten the clips you have to remove the handle by sliding it to the right (or left??) It snaps right out with a quick **** exposing the clips underneath. A quick tightening of the clips and the handle snaps back in.