This microwave works perfectly, but the handle broke off the door; leaving the screws inside the door. Can this cost effectively be replaced? The microwave was purchased in 2008 so I don't want to have to buy a new one.
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Unplug the microwave oven from its power outlet or turn off its circuit breaker. Remove the right fuse from the home fuse-box if your microwave is a built-in model.
Open the microwave door and take the top pin off its pivot bracket. Lift up the door and remove it from the bottom bracket. Lay the microwave door with its front side down on a folded towel. Remove the two choke screws from the door frame using a Phillips head screwdriver.
Remove the choke cover with the knife blade, starting from the microwave door's top right corner. Pry out the bottom and top right sides, leaving the side which houses the door handle in place.
Remove the choke tabs from their slots on the microwave door frame using the knife blade. Continue to work clockwise around your microwave door; remove the choker cover when you get to your handle's side to separate it from your choke.
Remove the two handles with the Phillips screwdriver. Remove the handle from the microwave.
Screw the new handle in the position of the original handle. Lay the choke on the microwave door; set the choke cover right on top of it. Insert the choke tabs into their slots on the microwave door frame using the knife blade.
Secure the two choke screws using a Phillips head screwdriver; set the microwave door back on the bottom bracket. Slide the top pin into the microwave's pivot bracket.
Press the top pin down until it pops securely into place.
There is a inner door trim on the inside of the microwave door
that can come off to expose the screws for the handle. This trim is held in place by clips
built into the trim, ( some older models may also have screws - look for them and remove
before going any further ) the tabs on this trim can break easily but with a putty knife
and some patience, the trim can be removed to get at the handle screws. See picture help. This trim can be pushed so the clips will
"pop" back into place after the handle repair.
Actually the door handle CAN be replaced at a cost much less than pruchasing an entire new microwave oven. And, YOU can repair this yourself and save the cost of a service call. On MOST microwave ovens, you just have to remove the inner door panel that goes around the perimeter of the glass. The following link explains how to replace the door handle:
If at all possible try getting an exploded image break down to see what
needs to happen, basically you have two things in your way one is the
"choke"...the large black rectangle on the inside of the door this has
to be pryed off carefully all the way around and lifted off, pocket
knife works great to get it started. next you will have the front door
assembly snapped onto the mesh screen and frame of the door itself.
Once you have seperated the front door you will see the screws for the
handle, DONT OVERTIGHTEN these screws when you reinstall.
Hopefully this video clip
around the door you will see a plastic cover strip. gently pry it off and under there you will find the screws to open up the door and get to the door handle screws. you dont have to worry about breaching the seal.
I have the same issue. The Handle broke off my GE Microwave Oven (Model JVM1190SY 001). GE does not sell the handle seperately from what I can tell. I just ordered a new door. It's rediculously expensive. I tried to replace the handle with a nice drawer pull but couldn't find a size pull to match and I broke the plastic cover trying to get access to the screws for the handle, which is why I decided to buy the new door. Hopefully installation is not that difficult. This oven was manufactured in 2001, seems the handles have a 7 year life span.
Check out this door frame diagram,
specifically number 1805. It clips on to the door frame. Remove it
using a dull table knife or something similar (be careful not to
scratch or break anything). You will then have access to the bottom