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Door Won't Close

The door won't stay closed and the microwave won't turn on. The button to open the door is stuck in the open position (pressed in) and the button won't pop out when I try to close the door, so the door won't stay closed.

How do I remove the panel where the door opening button is located so I can get to the release? Is this my problem?

Ken Anderson
kenjan6@gmail.com I was sitting on my couch one day and my microwave door just swung open! I went to close it, but it won't stay shut. It's like it won't catch. Since I don't know much about microwaves, I'm not sure what could have gone wrong. The 800 number for sharp is useless...HELP!

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What usually breaks is the door open lever, but sometimes there's just a grease buildup around the door open button.

On a counter top model, the outer cover will need to be removed to diagnose and repair this. On an over-the-range model, only the control panel needs to be removed.

Please unplug the oven first.

If you or someone you know wants to look into this, we have critical safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa.

Once it is apart, you'll be able to see how the door open button would press against the door open lever, which would then lift up against the door latch heads (hook-like projections on the door) and the door should open.

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

If it's a Sharp or Kenmore, you can usually find exploded views and order parts by entering your model number here at the Sears parts site.

The best place to order Sharp parts is Tritronics.

If you still have trouble, please reply back with your model number so we can help you.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Posted on Sep 26, 2008

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On a counter top model, the outer cover will need to be removed to diagnose and repair this. On an over-the-range model, only the control panel needs to be removed.

At our site, we now have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.

Please unplug the oven first.

If you or someone you know wants to look into this, we have critical safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa.

Once it is apart, you'll be able to see how the door open button would press against the door open lever, which would then lift up against the door latch heads (hook-like projections on the door) and the door should open.

You can probably find exploded views and order parts by entering your model number here at the Sears parts site. The best place to order Sharp parts is Tritronics.

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts for most non-Sharp models by entering your full model number here.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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