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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The door seal is called the reflector cover. It stops particles of food from being left in the reflector, the square waveguide that is under the plastic seal.
The only thing that I think can cause that is particles of food or grease/oil sticking to it and melting the plastic. I don't think it is a fault from my experience of working with microwave ovens since 1993 for Panasonic and many other brands.
On all of the JVM series I have seen you have to open the door and look on the inside perimeter of the door. There is a sort of thin, sort of Plastic, choke seal that goes around the inside of the whole door. Toward the outer edge. You have to take a butter knife or a smallish screw driver to lightly pop that part out of the slot it is popped into. The screws for the door handle are under that choke seal. Work around the whole door until you get that part out, Get one piece to lift up then keep working artound the whole door until it comes out. Then set it aside somewhere safe as to not let it drop or fall to the floor as it can break. To reinstall the choke you just align it to the slot where it came from and then start pushing it back into place. It has little hooks on the edges and it will snap back into place
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.
That is normally caused by the clear plastic adhesive cover either having been removed or missing. It covers the perforated door inner and stops condensation and food particles from getting inside the door cavity where is cannot be cleaned.
I do not know your unit specifically but a lot of them you have to start by, slowly, from the inside of the door, lifting up on the choke that runs along the outer inside edge of the door. It looks like a plastic trim part about 3/4 of an inch wide. You slowly work around the whole door unit you get it popped out. a butter knife or steak knife works pretty well . I just use a small flat head screw driver The screws for the handle are behind that choke seal. Usually 2 Phillips head screws. The choke part just snaps in place and has no screws to put it back, just push back in place and you will hear it snap as you go. Be careful the plastic tabs are easy to break off
The only way to tell for sure is to use a microwave leakage tester, which is an electronic instrument calibrated to standards for an accurate measurement. They are fairly expensive, so you aren't likely to run out and buy one. If you have reason to think your oven is leaking, you should call for service or take the oven in to a shop where they should have a tester.
Unless something has happened to damage the door sealing surfaces, your oven should not be leaking microwave. Check that the inside of the door and edges of the cooking cavity are kept clean of built-up food. Look at the door when it's closed. If it's straight side-to-side and is closing properly all around there should be no problem.
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.
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 http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=5130353 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..
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.