Question about Kenmore Microwave Ovens
I've tried unplugging it and that fixed the problem for a day or two Now its happening again and unplugging it hasn't done anything.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Same thing happened to us. We just came back from Sears, where we bought another. Just for giggles, my wife suggested unplugging the old one and plugging it back in again. It works now. New one's going back to the store.
Posted on Aug 16, 2008
My Kenmore Elite microwave (don't have the model number in front of me) also mysteriously locked its own keypad (we were sitting in an adjacent room, heard a strange beep, and got up to find the LED reading "Locked."). I pressed and held down the Stop/Clear button for ~10 seconds and it returned to normal.
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
You probably just have a bad primary interlock (upper door switch) or its mount is loose or broken.
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.
We have the service / repair manual for this model and have uploaded it to our site here to help you.
It will give you safety info, step by step help in disassembly, troubleshooting tips, and part numbers.
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For more on door switches & mounts, see: http://www.microwavedisplay.com/doorsw.txt
You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number from the tag on the oven here.
If a switch is all you need, we offer a universal type for only $5 postpaid which you can order here.
But if you need any cosmetic parts, enter your full model number at the Sears parts site.
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Posted on Jul 13, 2009
There is a line fuse for this oven. Remove the cabinet and the fuse should be close to the line cord. Replacement fuses should be found at your local appliance supply house.
Posted on Apr 19, 2011
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