Replacing your refrigerator freezer’s door handle is simple, but that’s true only if the handle’s hinge pin isn’t broken. When your handle isn’t operating correctly and the hinge pin has broken or bent, you can replace it. If you have a Samsung refrigerator, order part #DA66-00579A and follow these steps:
1. Unplug your refrigerator before you get started.
Even though this repair doesn’t involve wiring or electrical components, unplugging your refrigerator is always an important first step to keep yourself safe.
2. Access the hinge pin.
Open the freezer compartment and locate the end cap above the broken pin along the top of the freezer door. Then remove the end cap by prying it free with your fingers or a flathead screwdriver. Set it aside. Next, unscrew the two bolts holding the white handle retainers in place. Then pry the retainers out with a flathead screwdriver.
Push the inner plunger mechanism, or the central handle part with a spring, in and lift up the hinge assembly to pull it free. You should now be able to see the hinge pin running parallel with the hinge assembly.
Push out the hinge pin by loosening the locking tab and sliding the part out.
3. Install the new freezer door hinge pin.
Slide the hinge pin into position and make sure the lock tab snaps into place. Next, add a bit of grease on the corners of the pin and the inside of the hinge assembly to make the part easier to reassemble. Then move the plunger out of the way again and lower the hinge assembly into place. Release the plunger.
4. Reassemble the handle.
Put the two retainers back in the corners. Push them until the locking tabs snap securely. Next, retighten the two screws. Slide and lock the cap back over the hinge mechanism.
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