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Replacing a GE Spacemaker Microwave Oven

I am picking up my replacement oven Monday and "old faithful" (25 years of service) has got to come out so that the new oven can go above the range. At first blush, it would seem that this is an easy installation, since the support bracket has already been installed and screwed into a stud. Everything should be ready for me!
I have downloaded the installation instructions and it all looks pretty straightforward. Apparently, the unit hangs on a bracket set against the kitchen wall and must be lifted slightly upwards so that the bracket disengages and the unit drops down. I understand that it is recommended that 2 people handle this job, and have lined up my brother-in-law to assist.
However, "old faithful" is installed beneath an existing cabinet. When I look at the floor of the cabinet, I can see the hole that was drilled so that the power cord can reach the outlet in the back wall of the cabinet ... and I cannot see any other screws and/or openings in the floor of the cabinet. The instructions clearly show that there should be 2 screws that align the oven to the bracket, but these are not there. 
The exhaust fan is not vented and recirculates the air. The filter for this unit lays in a sheet metal assembly that also does not appear to be screwed to anything. 
My question is how do I remove the old oven?!?

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I don't mean any offense in my solution, and I urge you not to "kill the messenger" when you rate my solution, but I need to give you the facts as I see them.

When the oven failed to work right, it should have been taken out of service until it was properly repaired. Just jiggling the door would not qualify.

I couldn't imagine Sears having been found to have any liability for this, since the oven was known to be failing and it was used anyway, and it was apparently left running unattended, which every manufacturer warns against in their owner's manuals.

This post will be the public record of those facts.

It was almost certainly failing due to a bad door switch or door switch mount.

Door switch or mount trouble is usually caused by slamming the door or by opening the door while it's cooking without hitting the Stop pad first.

Maybe your insurance company will cover part of this damage, but as far as any liability goes, I'd say Sears is in the clear.

But I'm not an attorney, just for the record. I just work for them in liability cases in my capacity as an electronics expert witness.

If you do happen to file suit, I would be more than happy to give a statement on this, so feel free to contact me with the case numbers and court info.

Good luck!

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

William E. Miller

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

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    William Miller Dec 28, 2008

    * * * ATTENTION!!!! * * *

    Please ignore my solution here!

    Sorry, but I posted this to the wrong thread, it is NOT meant for your problem, so please do not rate it negatively.

    As to your problem, to clarify, if you have not downloaded the installation instructions for your old microwave, I would advise dong that here.

    GE Customer Service is here, and they can tell you if the new model is a "drop-in" replacement for the old one (which saves a lot of trouble) and possibly give you tips on removing the old one.



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