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Amana ABB2527DEW freezer handle was loose and now fell off on the left side. The screw and clips are exposed but I don't know how to fix

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  • neilbd10901 Apr 10, 2009

    I have the same problem took door off but back does not come off . Do you know how the plastic back comes off (all screws removed from the back and it does not come loose-almost like it is glued!
    Please e-mail me back at Neilbd@yahoo.com

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You need to disassemble the freezer door.

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