A little lug broke off the pivoted box that sits behind the open door button, Ive repaired the lug but when the box is re-positioned, i am unable to see how it engages the door open mechanism - i am reluctant to apply any real pressure to things as the parts are a nylon and ageing.
Can anyone tell me how the box fits onto the door opening device please
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Unfortunatley Panasonic has discontinued a lot of those parts. All of those pieces are plastic. I have actually repaired a few of those release buttons and levers by modifying them and puttng a bolt where the plastic tab or nub sticks out. Basically it is a pivot point and it has to be in the right spot and supported. One hint, I have NEVER had success with any kind of super glue or plastic cement on that kind of plastic they use in there. Thats why I modify it and bolt in something to make it last. Fabricated to fit. Not easy. It is a shame they dont still have parts for them they were such great machines. Sometimes the tabs on the ends broke off or sometimes it is the end of the lever that breaks. Have to unplug and take off outer cover and go look behind the front panel at the door parts. Good Luck!!
After tearing apart my microwave, I found a little spring broke off the latches. Open the door to the microwave, pop off the plastic piece that the latches on the door go through. You will see a spring behind the latch. If the spring is not connected to the latch it won't operate properly. The spring was held onto the latch with a tiny plastic piece that broke off. An easy solution instead of buying a new latch is to heat up one side of the spring without burning yourself and melt it through the latch piece where it was originally connected then put everything back together.
Hope this helps,
You have to remove the outer cover, the plastic lift levers are behind the door open button / lever. Caution!, panasonic discontinued a lot of those and getting a replacement part can be hard at times. Dont waste your time trying to glue it. After watching people try to glue or epoxy those cheap plastic parts for so many years. I have to warn folks to not waste your time trying. .It will not hold!!!! Look online and try to find a replacement part somewhere. It will be one of two parts. the door open button you push, or the door open lever that the front button pushes against. If you unplug the unit and remove the outer cover simply look behind the front control panel and when you push the button to open the door you will see where it is supposed to lift to open the door. The broke part is your problem, may be a piece laying in the bottom.
Take it to a Discount Appliance or Used Appliance store and have them repair it. There they will have the parts that are used and cheaper to repair than hiring an Appliance Service Technician.
Take the microwave apart and go to www.searpartsdirect.com and type in your model number and find the broken part and part number. Then order the part through ApplianceZone.com or ApliancePartsPro.com. Later when parts arrive at your door... install theparts yourself and save money!
sound likes the push button spring broke or popped out of place. if you unplug unit remove all screws going around the back edges. take panel off all the way around ,then you will be able to check spring and bbutton. the ones ive worked on the puch button cradle is usually broken and can be replaced as long as its not 20-30 yrs old.do it yourself 15-30 dollars in shop repair 65-95, in home service around 85-145.00 dollars. depending were you live.
More than likely, the little lever behind the button has broken. You may notice there is less resistance when pushing the button, but perhaps not if your model has a spring behind the button as well. If your handy, you could remove the front panel and take a look at it, but if you dont feel comfortable doing this, it may be equally as expensive to repair this as it would be to buy a brand new one. I'm assuming its out of warranty at this point, but if not, send it back!
If the model number you have this listed under is correct, there is no adjustment. More than likely the door pivot and/or hinges are worn. They can easily be replaced, however. The part numbers are as follows:
Door Pivot - 8184922
Upper Door Hinge - W10114255
Lower Door Hinge - W10114254
You can find these parts at appliancepartspros.com. Just type in the model number and locate items 6, 8, and 13 under the "Door Parts" heading.
If you have questions about this repair, or have a different model number, please post back and let me know so that I may be able to provide better assistance. I hope this helps you.