Tip & How-To about Microwave Ovens

Replacing a Turntable Motor on a Microwave

The following advice is for MOST microwave ovens (including over-the-range models). This is a fairly simple repair that can be accomplished without uninstalling the microwave oven.

If the turntable motor has failed, it can be replaced by following these steps:

1. Unplug the microwave.

2. Open oven door and remove glass tray and carousel ring.

3. Locate and remove the screws holding the bottom panel (under the microwave) in place. With the screws removed, the bottom panel should open from the front with the hinges in the back.

4. Disconnect the connector plug from the turntable motor.

5. Reach inside the oven and remove the coupler. This is the small plastic piece that the center of the glass tray sits on. You may have to gently pry up with a flat screwdriver to get it to come loose, then pull straight up.

6. With the coupler removed, loosen the mounting screw(s) to the motor and it should easily come out from under the oven.

7. Install new motor in the reverse order of the steps I just provided.

There are many appliance parts websites that carry replacement parts cheaper than retail. The average cost for most of these motors is about $30. Prices do vary depending on model number. I hope you find this information helpful.

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Plate in oven doesn't rotate.


If the oven is still heating, but the carousel isn't turning, this problem is commonly attributed to a turntable motor that has worn out and may need to be replaced. The motor is attached to the center plastic piece (called a turntable shaft or coupler) under the middle of the glass tray. The following link explains how to access and replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3555716-replacing_a_turntable_motor_on_a_microwa

This is a very simple repair, that usually is not expensive. The price range will be determined by the model and manufacturer. This repair can also be performed on an over the range model microwave oven WITHOUT uninstalling it.

You can refer to any of the following websites for comparison:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

The first three sites listed offer helpful exploded view diagrams to assist you with locating and properly identifying the part(s) you need.
If you have any questions, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Mar 29, 2010 | General Electric Microwave Oven

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Is it safe to use a microwave oven if the turning plate is no longer working?


If the microwave is still heating, but the carousel is not turning, this problem is commonly attributed to a turntable motor that has worn out and needs to be replaced. The following link explains how to access and replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3555716-replacing_a_turntable_motor_on_a_microwa

This is a very simple repair, that usually is not expensive. The price range will be determined by the model and manufacturer. This repair can also be performed on an over the range model microwave oven WITHOUT uninstalling it.

You can refer to any of the following websites for comparison:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

The first three sites listed offer helpful exploded view diagrams to assist you with locating and proprly identifying the part(s) you need.

If you have any questions, please post back with your and let me know. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: To answer your intial question, YES you can still use the microwave oven, but it is recommended that you stop the oven about midway through the cooking process and rotate your food to ensure it is heated evenly. Early model microwave ovens did not have a rotating carousel and it was often listed in the cooking directions to rotate your food this way.

Mar 25, 2010 | Sharp R-1480 Microwave Oven

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Turntable does not turn anymore


This problem is commonly attributed to a turntable motor that has worn out and needs to be replaced. The following link explains how to access and replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3555716-replacing_a_turntable_motor_on_a_microwa

This is a very simple repair, that usually is not expensive. The price range will be determined by the model and manufacturer. This repair can also be performed on an over the range model microwave oven WITHOUT uninstalling it.

You can refer to any of the following websites for comparison:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

The first three sites listed offer helpful exploded view diagrams to assist you with locating and proprly identifying the part(s) you need.

If you have any questions, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Mar 13, 2010 | Cuisinart CWM-100 Microwave Oven

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The microwave turntable will not turn. What can I do?


This problem is usually attributed to a turntable motor that has worn out and needs replaced. The following link explains how to access and replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3555716-replacing_a_turntable_motor_on_a_microwa

This is a very simple repair, that usually is not expensive. The motor usually averages about $35 - $40, but the price also depends upon the model. This repair can also be performed on an over the range model microwave oven WITHOUT uninstalling it.

You can purchase replacement parts at the any of the following websites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

The first three sites listed offer helpful exploded view diagrams to assist you in parts location/identification. If you have any questions, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Feb 22, 2010 | Sharp R-1480 Microwave Oven

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