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Freezer door handle loose

The freezer door handle is loose and pulling from the door on the bottom. Can I fix this and how do I fix it, or do I need to buy the parts? Please advise - thanks!

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    Side by side refrigerator handle has loosened. Had to call an expensive (!) technician to tighten a few screws...should have stuck with a cheap Maytag.

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Use a 3/32 Allen wrench to tighten the screw on the side of the door handle

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