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Old 10-29-2020, 06:43 PM   #1
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Refrigerator latch loose

My refrigerator latch has come loose off the refrigerator a second time now. The first time it came loose, I reattached it using glue and that worked for about 9 months, but it has now come loose a second time.

Anyone have recommendations they have used to firmly (and hopefully permanently) attach the latch to the fridge?

3 pictures as follows:
Pic1 - shows the placement of the latch on the top of the refrigerator with the fridge door slightly open (latch not engaged).
Pic2 - shows the top of the fridge with the latch missing. You can see the old glue that I will have to scape off before trying to reattach the latch.)
Pic3 - shows the underside of the latch with the plastic washers and screws.

Right now, I'm thinking of replacing the 2 screws with slightly larger ones, cleaning the old glue and regluing everything back on. There's also two additional holes in the latch. I will probably drill two additional holes in the fridge top and add 2 small additional screws.

Any other suggestions appreciated.
thanks in advance
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A little Silicone under latch ? Has just a little give. And if it doesn’t work easily removed.
And the latch you showed has two sizes. Not sure what size you have by pic.
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Old 10-29-2020, 09:50 PM   #3
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The silicone adhesive is OK but you might want to consider a Locktite Superglue (Lowes or Home Depot) for a more permanent bond. The larger screws will help, as will any additional screws.

If all if this fails, you can get a couple of metal screw in inserts. They have a larger diameter and won't let the latch rock back and forth as easily. The latch would fasten to the metal inserts with machine screws. Again, some locktite thread compound on the threads will keep it tight. Clean your hardware with some alcohol as a prep. Good Luck!
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Old 10-29-2020, 09:53 PM   #4
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I take it the screws are coming loose vs glue.
Glue should not be the primary source of securement
Those screws are short...not much thread gripping

Get some JB PlasticWeld Quick Set 2 part syringe
Fill those oversized holes
After curing...drill new holes smaller then screws and get slightly longer screws
*extra holes in latch base do not appear that they line up with panel

Not sure why glue was being used under those washers??
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Old 10-30-2020, 12:01 PM   #5
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We quit messing with those worthless latches a long time ago. Suggest this.
https://www.recubed.solutions/

Then you don’t have to worry about the door shutting correctly, and with the plastic latches removed, the door opens a d closes like the refrigerator at home.
Took me about 5 minutes to install. Longer than it took me to remove the worthless latches.
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When the latch on our fridge gave out, I just removed it and bought a "Fridge Fixer". Can't remember the cost, but it works great. When parked, the t-shaped block is removed from the door so the fridge opens normally. When you get ready to roll, just put the block back in place and the doors (two fridge and one freezer) are all held in place, until you pull the thing out.

Google Fridge Fixer.

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Fridge Fixer... I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
https://www.recubed.solutions/
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Fridge Fixer... I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
https://www.recubed.solutions/
Agree totally, takes a few minutes and done. Nice for blocking doors open when not in use also.
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Thanks to all who posted suggestions.
We're going to go with the 'Fridge Fixer' as suggested by several people who responded. Checked out their short video and this looks like the solution we were hoping to find from all the great people on IRV2.

Thanks again to ALL who posted suggestions!
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Thanks to all who posted suggestions.
We're going to go with the 'Fridge Fixer' as suggested by several people who responded. Checked out their short video and this looks like the solution we were hoping to find from all the great people on IRV2.

Thanks again to ALL who posted suggestions!
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Once you get it put on, you will appreciate the simplicity and suredness of the lock. Had one on the Suites and took it off and use it on the Tiffin. At this point, I realized Whirlpool and Maytag fridges are the same units.
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I donít currently have any fridge latch issues and was unaware of the Fridge Fixer. Think I am going to install one as a safety precaution. We just bought our Phaeton last June after looking at many coaches. I would say half of those we looked at had dents in the freezer handle. Makes me wonder if the latches can hold the drawer closed with heavy studs inside taking a corner.
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I donít currently have any fridge latch issues and was unaware of the Fridge Fixer. Think I am going to install one as a safety precaution. We just bought our Phaeton last June after looking at many coaches. I would say half of those we looked at had dents in the freezer handle. Makes me wonder if the latches can hold the drawer closed with heavy studs inside taking a corner.
On our 2014 Phaeton, the lower freezer door slid open one time on a sharp corner on an exit. Yup, dented the handle.
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I had an issue with the same thing last week. After I took off the latch on the right side door, I noticed it was not aligned properly and had cracked the latch from being forced closed. I picked up a new one and put it back on in a slightly different location. I works great now.

I do like the idea of the fridge fixer. Will find one if this happens again.
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