Question about Whirlpool GH7208XR Convection / Microwave Oven
I have a built-in oven/microwave combo. Number stamped on the back of the microwave is 3183566B. The problem started a while back with the motor shutting off on its own while cooking. Pressing on the door fixed it temporarily, but it got worse and worse. For a while, the oven worked fine with something pushing the door up slightly. However, now nothing works. The cook light lights up properly, but nothing else happens.
is usually caused by either a bad door switch or a loose door switch
mount, which are pretty simple problems to fix.
Having had to wiggle the door to make it work is the giveaway.
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.
There are plastic mounts inside the microwave which hold the door switches and onto which the door latches lock when you close the door.
The screws on these mounts may be loose. If they get too loose, the switches will not be activated properly.
Sometimes it's a broken tab on the switch holder, allowing the switch to rotate just out of position. This tab can be hard to see, since it is under the bottom edge of the switch.
If the switch mount is broken, it's usually more economical and safer to add a dab or two of hot glue to the mount to secure the switch. Let it cool for about 30 minutes before using.
If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa:.
You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.
Your model number (since it's a Whirlpool) will be something like MH1150xxx#m, GH6177XXX#, etc.
The model number will be located on a tag either in the cavity or around the door frame if it's an over the range model, or on the back if it's a counter top model.
There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting & testing.
At our Web site, we have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.
If yours is a counter top model, you will need to remove the outer cover.
If you don't find yours, or if you want to look at it without disassembling the oven, you can download it here.
If you only need a switch, you can order a universal type here for $5 postpaid.
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Posted on Feb 16, 2009
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