I was messing with the latch mechanism on the bottom latch of the microwave,trying to pop it back out into place and the microwave completely lost power. I checked the fuse box, and tested the outlet and they are both fine.
I was trying to figure out why the top latch seemed so loose and inadvertantly popped the latch mechanism in, then did the same thing with the lower like a dummy. I have fixed to door issue, but still have no power. Please tell me if I can 'reboot' my microwave?
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Re: No power at all
You probably blew the fuse in the microwave.
You can usually find exploded views and order parts by entering your model number at the Sears parts site.
There may also be a "mini-manual" (tech sheet) hidden inside the unit behind the
control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is
very helpful when troubleshooting, testing, and locating components.
A full Sears/Kenmore model number has 3 digits, a dot, then 8 more digits, such as ###.########
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The latch mechanism (specifically the bottom latch which is tied to the sensor) is not locking in place. Try lubricant on the latch and receiving side first (I used wd-40, but it smells horrible, so try maybe bike grease or even veggie oil to see if it helps). Main problem is that the latch panel is attached w/thin metal which I bet was designed to fail after the warranty has passed! You basically need a T-20 torx screwdriver to open the microwave all the way up and bend the metal bracket back. I ended up taking a long wire and tying it through the bottom latch assembly (there is a hole) between a top and bottom hole on the frame of the microwave to keep it from ever moving again. You want to pull the entire assembly (black plastic) towards the microwave cavity.
Most likely there is a part missing from the door latch mechanism that you need. This probably broke off when the handle failed. It would be a tab or wedge shaped piece of plastic that strikes the door switch and pushes the switch closed when the door is completely shut. You will need to find that piece and glue it back on or get a new handle assembly from Samsung.
Hello,To get the door open and salvage your dinner, take a long thin blade ( I used a frosting spreader) and insert from the bottom between the door and the oven frame on the side with the latches (usually next to the control panel). You may have to pry the bottom of the door open just a bit. The object is to push up the lower door latch (which is connected to the upper door latch) and manually open the door. You may have to try a few times but this worked perfectly for me and saved dinner. Obviously the door latch needs to be repaired but this solves the immediate problem of dinner being held hostage by a recalcitrant microwave. wish you good luck, take care.
Try a) Lubricate the latches. I sprayed wd-40, you probably can use vegetable oil. Both sides, latch and receptor. Just doing this may fix your problem. (I have to admit I did part b first before trying this so I am not sure, but after doing this, it made my part b fix work even better)
b) Failing this, I found opening it up (t-20 torx screw driver) and tying a wire in the top hole, through the bottom latch body and fastening to a bottom hole of the microwave frame to force the mechanism to stay in place. You want to pull it towards the oven cavity. This will keep it from bending out of alignment. I found that it is only the bottom latch that has to catch for the microwave to sense the door is closed.
The spring attachment to the moving latch has broken off either replace the latch or drill a small hole in the latch body and attach some heavy steel wire to make a new attach point for the spring. the inside trim easily pops off and the latch just slides off.
One of the latches has broken off and
is not lifting the dother latch clear of the housing. Remove from any
power source, remove the cover of the cabinet. Slacken off the clamp
mechanism and ease the clamp over the guide to allow the door to
open. When a new door lever is in place, the door may be easily
adjusted by slackening off the screws that clamp the door
catch/actuators in place whilst holding the door closed and then
tightening the screws. The rear of the door may be adjusted by
slackening the lower door hinge screws and adjusting as required. I
hope that helps.
The problem is an engineering defect. The mechanism that engages the door latch is mounted to a steel plate that is "L" shaped and when you close the door it pushes against and bends this plate out of position. After a while the metal plate fatigues and stays bend out of position and the door stops engaging and locking so the two safety switches inside don't get depressed. Result door won't lock and light stays on. I had to re-engineer it by cutting the tube of a pen to size and placing it in as a support bracket to put pressure on the plate so it won't bend anymore. My wife was going to throw it in the trash. Note of caution: I did cut my hand in several places trying to get the bottom cover on and off the microwave as the metal edges are razor sharp!!! I love this microwave it is my second one.
Do you still have the piece that broke off? If so, you may be able to use two part epoxy to glue it back in place. I did this with a colaric MW and it did the trick. The latch was hook shaped and made from a hard plastic.