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The bottom of the door handle broke off. GE spacemaker xl

How to fix or replace door handle that broke off...the bottom half of the handle is off. GE spacemaker xl jvm1339

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You have to separate the door panels (as shown in the attached photo) and then you'll see the previously hidden screws you need to remove.

Or you can watch a YouTube video (not a video I made) that demonstrates how it's done.

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

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You actually don't need to remove the door panels as stated in the prior post. Instead there is a plastic trim piece on the inside of the door that needs to be removed to access the lower handle screw. The trim piece I'm referring to is about 1/2" wide and runs around the entire inside of the door. It is easily pried off with a small screw driver.


Instead of ordering a new handle I simply used a longer screw to reattach the broken handle. You will need to drill out the original screw hole making it deeper so it can accommodate the longer screw and prevent the plastic from cracking.


Since I had already removed the door panels as recommended in the prior post, I decided to add a second screw next to the original one to further strengthen the handle where it attaches at the bottom of the door. I drilled a small hole through the plastic door panel that was removed from the door. There is not much space next to the original hole so I had to use a shorter screw with a fairly small head to fit in small area. After you drill a hole in the door panel hold the handle in place and drill a small hole in the door handle to receive the second screw. Be careful not to over tighten the screws when reattaching the handle so you don't strip out the plastic holes.


The repaired handle is now stronger than the original handle and should not come loose again.


I hope this helps - Scott.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011

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