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Leaking Microwave door seal (between grated and back of door)

I have what looks to be a thin plastic seal on the inside of the door of my microwave oven (Whirlpool). It appears to have leaked and I'm getting an ugly film (build-up) between the seal and the perforated grate in the door window. The plastic seal looks like it will peel right off the existing door and I've purchased a repalcement plastic panel, bit doesn't have an ahesive surface. Is there a trick to replacing this panel?

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I think that you can get the plastic wet, ie sponge, or lick.

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I have a Cookworks Microwave Oven Model EM717CKL. I have noticed that while it is in use, quite a strong draught is coming from the hinge side of the door. I have searched to find out if this is normal...

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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.

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Hi, the button to open the door not working properly, I am able to press the button in but it is not releasing the door. what should we do?

This sounds like the door release may have broken (duh!) It may be that a peice of plastic has broken or maybe a spring has come off.

It may be an idea to have a quick look inside the microwave to see if you can see any broken parts near the door release... in some cases it is possible to re-glue broken plastic. Do not use super glue as this will not hold plastics properly, you need "evo stik - hard plastic adhesive" for this job.

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Given the prices of microwaves these days it may be nearly as cheap to buy a new one as pay a microwave expert to fix yours.

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Do not believe the claim that you can test for leakage by calling a cell phone placed in the oven, and if the phone rings the oven is leaking microwaves. The shielding in a microwave is not effective at cell phone frequencies, which are much lower than microwaves. The phone will ring normally even in an oven with no measured leakage.

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Hello JudyKitz,
That mesh is there to protect the user and acts as a shield to contain microwave energy to the cooking compartment. Never compromise that material.. You can purchase replacment liners at this site If you prefer, you can get a thin piece or sheet plastic cut to fit at many local hardware stores or home centers..You may want to make a paper template or take accurate measurements with you for that method.. Hope this helps you..

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MOM! When you say" Front Panel Door Seperates". Do you mean the front PLASTIC escuteon, or door cover? There is no seal as such like a gasket. The metal shield,or screen that you look through into your microwave is the seal. A microwave,( if it could be seen) is about the diameter of a pencil. It is neither gas, or liquid thus it cannot squeeze through openings smaller than it's diameter. So! the small openings or holes (That you look through) in the front screen of your microwave door are seen as solid metal by a microwave and the microwave is reflected back into the cavity. The only safety issue is damage to the screen.

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