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Sharp R1480 - door won't close

Door won't close, latch must be broken. Taped door shut, light remains on, oven does not work. Is this repairable?

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Very much so.

If you gently push up on the door latches (hook-like devices on the door) there should be spring tension. If they just flop right up, the spring is off inside.

Normally the problem is not the spring, but a broken spring mounting tab on the door latch head (hook) assembly or the inner door panel.

If it's the door panel, it's usually easier and cheaper to use epoxy and some kind of hardware to fashion a new spring mount.

The door latch head (hook) is easy to replace or repair if that's the issue.

Normally you have to separate the door panels (as shown in the attached photo) and then you'll see the screws you need to remove.

We have the service manual for this model and have uploaded it to our site here to help you.

You will need the
free Acrobat Reader to view or print it in case you don't have it.

The best place to order Sharp parts is Tritronics. Or you can call them at 866-779-5835.

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

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Or you can watch a YouTube video (not a video I made) here that demonstrates how it's done.

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