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Fisher Paykel fridge door handle loose

4 week old fridge, we love it, but the fridge handle is loose and getting worse. it's a fridge on top, freezer on bottom.  i can feel small holes along the bottom of the handles where i assume either small set screw or allen screws are but i can't see in there.
can someone tell me how to tighten the handle? i don't want to call for service just for this.
It's a Fisher Paykel E522BRXU EZKleen Stainless Steel 17.6 cu ft

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  • JK Scheinberg Nov 12, 2008

    It was easily fixed using a 2.5mm (or 3mm I can't remember) hex wrench, long enough to fix up in there.

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Yes hello, I had the same problem - similar fridge model.  Mine was the fridge (not freezer) door handle ie. the upper door.  There are no small holes on the bottom of my fridge handle.  Working from the outer door edge, I gently prized loose the plastic trim located under the door.  I didn't take it completely off, just loosened about one quarter of the length, enough to flex the trim downward so that I could then access the phillips head screw that secures the fridge handle from the inside of the door.  The trim will prevent you from using a conventional screw driver to tighten the screw.  I used a screw driver bit which is only 25mm long.  It has an hexagonal end to which I applied a small spanner and voila - the handle is once more secure.  Good luck.

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  • kmacneill Jul 18, 2010

    Unfortunately, we have this model - which we bought after my parents recommended it to us since they loved their so much. 4 weeks ago our fridge handle broke right off - 2 weeks later, my parents' handle broke off as well. My father called the manufacturer in NZ and they are currently doing an "investigation". Seems to me the whole door will need replacing since it broke off and left tiny parts inside the door.

  • erick967 Jan 15, 2011

    Didi you get any response on this. Same thing has happened to us.

  • cluttergone Apr 08, 2011

    Would love to know what happened because the same thing has happened to our fridge and F & P refuse to replace it. Its definitely a design fault or rather deliberate design to keep the money from spare parts coming in

  • socalrider31 Sep 02, 2011

    Same thing happened to me!! My frig (upper door) handle is now completely detached from the door on the top like the screw fell out of the little hole. I cannot find that screw and I don't know what to do. It looks as if you can just place another screw in to secure from the bottom hole but i cannot find the screw in any stores or online. I called the Fisher & Paykel parts wherehouse and the screws they said I need are the wrong ones!! They said they do not have any other types of screws for the door handles.

    This frig has caused many problems.....1st the handle, then the ice maker, then the water dispenser, now the whole digital panel is out. This morning, I opened the freezer and ice is EVERYWHERE!! As if there was a major water leak inside the freezer and then froze. This frig is only 2 years old and never misused.

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    DJAM May 06, 2014

    Same problem with our fridge door handle. There is a hole on the underside of the door handle, (both top and bottom). The problem is easily fixed by using a 2.5mm hex allen key.

  • Scott C
    Scott C Jan 10, 2017

    My fridge/freezer door handles have a small hole on the underside. The top hole is a bit harder to tighten because the handle gets in the way, but the hole on the bottom of the handle is pretty easy. The hole opening is much bigger than allen key you need. Insert a 2.5mm hex allen key up into the middle of the opening. Simple once you know what size to use.

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