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Microwave door looses spring, is very heavy and one needs to hold

On to it while opening it, to slow it down. I am afraid that it might break off when less attended. This happened for the second time. The first time around we called a repairman and it cost hundreds dollars - expensive to install a new part. The repair lasted couple of years, and we have the same problem again. The part which fell out ( visibly ) is a metal L shaped ''thing''. I wonder if we can purchase this part and repair microwave door ourselves?...

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Open Lever

If the microwave door won't open the open lever might be broken. This part can be replaced separately.


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Door Spring

If the microwave door won't open the door spring may have broken. The door spring is located inside the door and keeps downward pressure on the door hook.


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Door Latch

If the microwave door won't open the door latch might be broken. The door latch is inside the microwave. The door hook, which is part of the door, engages with the latch to keep the door closed during operation. If the door latch or actuator breaks the door may not open.


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Door Hook

If the microwave door won't open the door hook might not be releasing properly. The door hook is installed inside the door and normally releases when the door is opened. The hook is made of plastic and will break over time. When this happens it will need to be replaced, it can't be repaired.


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Button Spring

If the microwave door won't open the button spring might be broken internally. The button spring can be replaced.


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Button

If the microwave door won't open the button might be broken internally. The button can be replaced.


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Handle Actuator

If the microwave door won't open the handle actuator might be broken. This is a plastic part which can become brittle over time. This part is connected between the door button and the door latch assembly.

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Open Lever


If the microwave door won't open the open lever might be broken. This part can be replaced separately.

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Door Spring


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Door Latch


If the microwave door won't open the door latch might be broken. The door latch is inside the microwave. The door hook, which is part of the door, engages with the latch to keep the door closed during operation. If the door latch or actuator breaks the door may not open.

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Door Hook


If the microwave door won't open the door hook might not be releasing properly. The door hook is installed inside the door and normally releases when the door is opened. The hook is made of plastic and will break over time. When this happens it will need to be replaced, it can't be repaired.

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Button Spring


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Button


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Handle Actuator


If the microwave door won't open the handle actuator might be broken. This is a plastic part which can become brittle over time. This part is connected between the door button and the door latch assembly.
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Open Lever If the microwave door won't open the open lever might be broken. This part can be replaced separately.

Door Spring If the microwave door won't open the door spring may have broken. The door spring is located inside the door and keeps downward pressure on the door hook.

Door Latch If the microwave door won't open the door latch might be broken. The door latch is inside the microwave. The door hook, which is part of the door, engages with the latch to keep the door closed during operation. If the door latch or actuator breaks the door may not open.

Door Hook If the microwave door won't open the door hook might not be releasing properly. The door hook is installed inside the door and normally releases when the door is opened. The hook is made of plastic and will break over time. When this happens it will need to be replaced, it can't be repaired.

Button Spring If the microwave door won't open the button spring might be broken internally. The button spring can be replaced.
Button If the microwave door won't open the button might be broken internally. The button can be replaced.

Handle Actuator If the microwave door won't open the handle actuator might be broken. This is a plastic part which can become brittle over time. This part is connected between the door button and the door latch assembly.

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My Kitchenaid khms155lss-2 has a problem latching completely. Once finally latched the microwave would start and then stop during the cooking time because the door became unlatched. I have to stand by the...


Ok.Agreed,latch is not cracked or worn out.But check the grip of latch.Open the door.The hold the latch in your hand and see,if its loose or tight.It should be tight.Press the latch towards down and move it left/right slowly --- slowly.And inspect the latch.It will move,there will be a moment but the position of the latch in the door frame should be tight.If you feel that latch is got very loose,then the door frame needs to be disassembled and latch assembly has to be repositioned and fitted.In most of the cases this latch breaks/cracks and it needs replacement.But in your case,its different,you mentioned that if you keep your oven door pressed then latch remains closed..So if latch is broken/cracked it will not get closed properly.So as per that i think,you will have to check the opposite side of the door frame,where this latch gets into.On that side,there is a interlock type part.Which holds this latch.That part is operated by spring.If in-case that interlock type part or the spring,any of this is got loose then latch will get released after few minutes.--------------- But first as regular troubleshooting,you inspect the latch.Do you feel its loose or getting very easily moved,then open the door frame and check the latch.----------- For that you will required door disassembly diagram:--- Click the link,see part number 3 is door latch.-------- http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/partsdirect/showSubComp.pd?imageUrl=http://c.searspartsdirect.com/lis_png/PLDM/W0505176-00002.png -------------- If the latch is properly positioned and intact then ,you will need to disassemble the opposite side cabinet to check the internal part,which hold the latch.For that you will require complete disassembly:---Click this link for complete disassembly:-- http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Kitchenaid-Parts/Microwave-Parts/Model-KHMS155LSS2/0593/0123370?pathTaken=&prst=0&shdMod=KHMS155LSS2 -------------- The door latch itself or other parts holding the door latch,none of the part is costly then $10.The cost of part is under $10.---------It just require you to figure out,either is cracked /broken part or just loose misaligned part.-------- This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

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Our panasonic inverter microwave (3 years old) needs repeated hard slams to shut the door so that the light goes off and the microwave will work. How do we fix this problem as I'm afraid we are going to...


We have a Panasonic Inverter microwave. Door became difficult to close and had to slam it hard while holding themicrowave to keep it from moving. When opening the door did not pop open but did unlatch. I ordered a new door lever from Panasonic. When got part I removed case from microwave and lever was okay. I then removed the perimeter strip on the inside of the door. With a screwdriver I stretched the spring at the bottom that keeps the door latches pulled downward. Spring still worked just not as stiff. Put perimeter piece back on the door and replaced housing (which I didn't need to remove in the first place), and then put a small drop of vegetable oil on the cams where the door latches hit when closing door. Viola, door opens and closed as new. Problem solved. Diagnosis: over time the latch tension spring hardens and gets too stiff. P.S.: I had several similar springs as backup in case I screwed up the original one.

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My boyfiend slammed the door shut and it has not worked since then


The door latch (on the door) or the door catch (on the oven) have most likely broken. The oven will not operate if the door is open or if it is not correctly closed.

Check the door latch. On most microwave ovens there will be one or two prongs. Make sure that they're not broken and that if neither of them is loose. Often one or both are designed to move upwards against spring pressure so if they move loosely with no spring pressure then the door must be dismantled to find out why. Often it's a broken spring anchor and sometimes it can be repaired, but the official fix is to replace the entire door assembly.

If the latch seems fine then it's almost certainly the door catch unit which must be repaired or replaced. They're not officially repairable, but sometimes all that has actually broken is a cheap and easily obtainable microswitch. If the catch has actually broken then there is no point in gluing it together as it won't hold. If the door catch assembly looks fine and the microswitch appears to be operable then use a continuity meter on the switch to confirm correct electrical function as the switch is pressed and released.

If that fails, then look for any fuses on the circuit board, the filament inside can break if they're subjected to too much physical impact. Test and replace any failed ones, but it's vital to use the correct type, the casing will indicate whether they're slow blow or fast blow fuses. These properties are independent of the voltage and current rating and simply regulate how quickly or slowly a fuse will fail if the limits are exceeeded. using a slow blow in the place of a fast blow is dangerous, but using a fast blow or a regular fuse where a slow blow goes will just mean that the fuse blows more often or even immediately in normal use, often when the door is opened.

If you need any spare parts then you'll have to find suppliers yourself, sorry. I don't know which country/state you're in and I'm based in London, England, where Emerson is not a known brand.

I hope that my answer helps you to either repair your oven or to decide whether to replace it. Please take a moment to rate my reply.

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Microwave Oven Door Spring Replacement


Remove the front panel by removing the screws located on the inside of the door (note hold door inplace, since it is heavy and will fall out after screws removed). Unscrew screws located on bottom of plastic retainer (2 each) Remove tension spring. Note 2 are included right and left. Note color of spring on end, different springs for different door types, stainless, black,beige or white. Replace all in reverse order.

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Microvent is coming loose on the bottom of mounting.


Generally, these units are held to a backing plate with a pair of screws that are accessed by removing the vent plate above the door. There are a couple of Philips screws. Inside...at each end, there is a slot head screw head on a rod. Support the unit and back these screws out. The unit will then pivot from the bottom away from the wall. Detach it and then repair the issues with the hold bracket. Warning: these units are heavy!

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Loose door handle


DON'T remove the cover yourself unless you fully undertand the SAFETY issues involved in working inside a microwave oven. A microwave oven is possibly THE MOST DANGEROUS common consumer product to service. Usually with these doors, the latching parts tend to loosen up at times, thus requiring some re-adjustment and tightening. Sometimes they get a bit warn and require to be replaced. The handle by itself about $40, apparently GE doesn't know how to make a door handle that will hold up for more than a year or so. I just bought a new door off of eBay for $20 + $20 shipping ... a deal compared to the $135 + tax and shipping that most of the web sites want! All you need is a phillips screwdriver and a 5/16" socket. To get to 3 screws that anchor the TOP hinge, simply remove the vent grill (open the door and remove the 2 white screws that hold it in place). To get to the 2 screws that anchor the BOTTOM hinge, simply remove the 6 screws that hold the grey bottom pan of the microwave in place. The pan will swivel down, remaining attached in the back panel. Once you've removed the 5 hinge screws, the door should pull pretty much straight out. Reverse the procedure with the new door, which should come with hinges attached. Could be that the place the spring sits in is a little broken, so theres no stop for the spring. open it up and see if there's anything you can do with it, try some epoxy putty maybe. Good luck

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