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How do I tighten the refridgerator door handle on a Kenmore Side-by-Side Model: 106.57026600.

The door is completly sealed with no way to get to the screws. DI'm thinking that the door handle just slides into place after the brackets are installed. I've tried to pull up on the handle to see if it releases, but nothing. Some advice would be greatly appreciated since my warranty has run out.


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  • Tablvr Jan 05, 2008

    At least Scott had a handle. Mine broke off but the screws for installing a new one are under another piece of molding. How do I remove that molding to access the screws?

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2008

    how do you get to the screws to tighten the handles on a side by side ref handles

  • ikincaid Mar 05, 2008

    My fridge side handle broke completely off and I ordered a replacement part only to be faced with this same quandry:  How to remove these handle extensions?  I am loathe to break another part in order to replace the original broken part.

  • ikincaid Mar 05, 2008

    Aha!  More searching led to a post about a virtually identical fridge but slightly different model number.  Here's the solution:

    Parts diagram here for reference:
    (despite the diagram, there are actually two clips on each extension)

    Wrap the bottom edge of the top extension (part 14) with a cloth to protect the finish and tap upwards with a hammer (rubber mallet preferably). Eventually it will pop loose and slide off.  Doing the same for the bottom piece but tapping downwards this time will reveal all the phillips head screws necessary to replace or tighten that infernal handle.

    The reinstallation is just as easy:  For the top extension, hold piece sideways to line the bottom of the clip slots with the screw heads.  Now vertically aligned, place the extension over the screw heads, press firmly with your thumbs over where the two screw heads are to get them in their slots and slide into place.  Do the reverse for the bottom extension.

    Hope this helps someone!

  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2008

    How do I replace the handle of a Kenmore side by side

  • buggsleg Jul 23, 2008

    From the diagram on the Sears site, where can I find the handle extensions (#14 and #15) in white?


  • gpalys Sep 06, 2008

    The handle os loose on my Kenmore fridge and I can't see where to tighted it. I have a side by side 106.55524400.

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  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    the handle is loose

  • buggsleg May 11, 2010

    From the diagram on the Sears site, where can I find the handle extensions (#14 and #15) in white?



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