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Sharp R-1510 Start Button Not Working

First the ''opener'' button started sticking a little bit when pressed, now the start button no longer works. 
Any advice on where to start?

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  • eli2009 Apr 02, 2009

    We have the same problem..if we hold the start button just a little bit the unit will function, but if not held in it won't heat.  The timer works but, the microwave portion does not.

  • David Kolb Nov 26, 2011

    How did you remove the control panel to replace the button as I have the same issue

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This may not solve your problem, but on my Sharp R315J microwave, the little plastic pin that pushes forward on the inside of the start button, had broken off and it wouldn't start. The Minute Plus button would start the microwave, so I knew the microwave worked, so I tried to find a piece of plastic that I could glue into the start button hole, because the part doesn't exist and you have to buy the whole door for $100 plus shipping. Nothing I could find was small enough, so I started looking for a new microwave.
While ouside doing lawn work I noticed a small bird tail feather and the end looked to be the perfect size. I snipped off the pointed end and then up about 3/8" to make a little rod to replace the plastic one that broke. It fit perfectly!!! I didn't even have to glue the inside end, it stays put even after repeated door opens. This is sturdy material and looks to last a long time. When it wears out, I have a cat, there's always a few feathers around. I hope this saves someone else a hundred bucks, like it did me.

Posted on Jun 14, 2010

  • rocketenterp Jun 17, 2010

    Update: Ok, so the bird feather wasn't that strong ;-) It broke.
    Replaced it with a toothpick. The toothpick was too fat, so I cut off the pointy end and sanded a 3/8" piece with an emory board. Cut off the rest and sanded the ends flat. Much better fit and seemingly longer lasting; we'll see. Still beats the hell out of replacing the whole door.
    Basically anything that will fit, will probably work, and I'd really like to find a nice strong piece of plastic, like the one that was there originally, but so far that has eluded me.

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