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Door handle loose on 10656542400 kenmore

The door handle is seperating from the door and is loose. How can I correct this?

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  • collinslc1 Oct 16, 2008

    there are no caps on this model. you can see some type of spring clips under the handle but I cannot figure out how to release and tighten. Hope someone else knows how to fix this particular model.

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    I'm not understanding the desription. Anyone got a picture or a diagram?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    We have a Kenmore (model106.56676501) side by side refrigerator with a loose door handle. The handle is separated at the top and the entire handle is loose.

    We tried lifting handle toward ceiling to remove, but cannot move it.

  • huffman2 Mar 31, 2009

    I have been lifting the handle upward until the fridge about comes off of the floor. The top end of the handle is loose but the bottom is fine. How hard to I have to lift this thing!!??

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I got it!!! Okay, the most common problem is the fridge handle at the top is coming loose from the mere fact that the fridge gets opened more than the freezer and people grasp the handle higher than lower. Okay, open the door until you can look at the handle sideways where it attaches to the door. What is happening is the screw that slides into the bracket is simply backing out. Try lifting the handle straight up, only about an inch plus. The bracket is the same on the bottom of the handle as the top. If you cannot get the handle to lift, get a very slim standard screwdriver and push the retaining clip down (away from the handle) so the screw head can get passed it. You may have to push the retaining clip pretty good to get it down. When you have it pushed away from the screw head, lift the handle and it should pop up. Take the handle away from the door and tighten the screw. The screw head takes a torques screw head (star shaped, like a philips but different) Tighten it until it stops the just realign the TWO screw heads into the upper and lower bracket and slide the handle down gently. No problem! You can do it!

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Hello, All you have to do is take a firm grip on the handle and pull up toward the ceiling, then you will see some torque screws that you can turn in and then reinstall the the handle. It may take a few times to get it tight like you want.
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THANK YOU huffman2!!
I had same problem. No visible screws or plastic pieces to remove and wouldn't lift. Clip inside door handle. (Sorry for poor quality)


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Hi there is a small cap at each end of the door . pry off with a small screw driver and tighten the screws thanks the appliance doc

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The solution on the Kenmore 56822 turned out to be very simple:
With the door closed, pull up on the door handle (requires some force). The door handle will slide up, and once it is up, it can be removed by carefully pulling it off of the door. Then the screws holding the mounting lug can be tightened. Place the handle back on the door, and slide it down, and voila, no more loose handle. I am going to put some LockTite on the screw on mine to ensure that it stays tight.

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