Our microwave works fine, but while I was cleaning the outside recently, I noticed one side (the hinge side) of the microwave has a little space between the door and body of the microwave. It's not huge, but I can slide a piece of paper into the cooking area of the microwave. Is this microwave safe? Thanks.
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I typically find it is not door hinge issues but door switch issues, especially with sharp. You may heve a little movenent in the door hinge and that is allowing the door hook to move up and down on the plunger for a door switch that is probably a bit melted due to bad connections. If you check the door switches and look for any browning around the terminals where the wires push onto the switch you will probably find an overheated connectoion. Replace the bad switch and run better wires and better termninals to the new switch and it will probably be fine.
It depends on the amount of leak as a higher amount is not acceptable as there can be radiation leak. Please check the hinges and the door seals as there must be minimum gap to the chamber and door.
A small amount of the food flavors can be smelled while the microwave heats as this is normal. The door protect from any microwave leaking to the front and should not be a concern unless you are able to measure any stray radiation.
There must be a gap between the door frame and the oven cavity for ventilation and mechanical reasons. The gap will need to be more than 3/8" to allow any appreciable amount of leakage through. I am sure it is less than that. If you are concerned, a leakage test would be the answer, from a registered and approved microwave repair centre that is Panasonic recognised. The door can be made to fit closer by adjusting the door catch inside the body of the microwave. Just slacken the fixing screws and hold the door closed, tighten the catch holder and there you have it. A snug fit. Hope this helps.
Due to the serious potential for RF leakage, these doors are normally sold as a complete unit assembled by the manufacturer. I could only find the door listed at repairclinic.com for about $80. If you wish to repair yourself, the old door comes off by opening it all the way and lifting straight up at the hinges. The door will then lift off the hinge pins. Reinstall the door new door by aligning it with the hinge pins and allow it to seat straight down. A simple repair.
If you have any questions about this repair, or require addtional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.
You should notice 3 plastic tabs on top
an3 3 on bottom, and 2 on each side. You will need to carefully work
the metal out of those tabs until it seperates. It is a whole lot
easier if you remove the door from the oven first. Take off the grille
above the door, it is held in by 2 screws up top, then just lift the
door off the hinge.
You need the "Some Other Solution". Do Not mess with the MW Door Hinges! They have been set by the factory to safety requirement to prevent MW Radiation Leakage. Altering Door Hinge could place you and your Family in harm.
In many cases, microwave door panels are held together by hidden hooks or catches that ave to be separated by a thin, strong tool such as a putty knife.
I've attached a photo that should serve as a good example.
You can visit http://www3.sears.com/ (the 3 is correct)
You will need to enter your full model number (not just 61709) and you can see expolded view diagrams which can be very helpful.
Chances are the panels separate as shown in the photo I have attached below.
Panel replacement can usually be done without removing the door from the microwave.
In cases where it is felt that door removal is necessary, I recommend detaching the door from the hinges.
I generally do not advise removing the hinges from the microwave.
Whenever the hinges are removed, great care must be taken to put them back in the very same position they were in.
Failure to do so can cause microwave leakage, which can cause risk of skin burns, fire, and disruption nearby electronic devices.