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Whirlpool MH6150XMS Stopped Heating and Turning

When I apply a little downward pressure on the handle the micro heats and turns. I assume I have a door latch or alignment issue. How do I fix this?

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  • John Banks Nov 25, 2007

    Does the fact that the micro works when I apply downward pressure to the handle point to the door switch or can it still also be the control panel?

  • John Banks Jan 05, 2008

    OK, Here is where I am.

    1) I removed the consol to inspect the switches and latches.
    2) Upon visual inspection there are no broken plastic pieces and all three switches look and sound fine. The switching mechanisms all seem to engage properly when the door is closed.
    3) I removed the 3 switches to test for continuity. The upper and lower switches showed continuity when the switch was engaged. The middle switch showed continuity when the switch was not engaged. I believe they are all fine.
    4) I reattached everything and I still have the same problem. The micro lights up when I hit start, but I need to put downward pressure on the handle to get it to heat and have the carousel turn. I watched the switched as I applied dowward pressure and I did not notice anything getting engaged.

    Any ideas for next steps?

  • John Banks Jan 05, 2008

    Thanks. I just retried the continuity test using the door (instead of my finger). It looks like the top switch is the culprit. When the door is completely closed, there was no continuity. I applied pressure on the handle which seemed to lessen the pressure on the switch mechanism and voila - continuity.

    I then removed the switch again and found that if I push the mechanism all the way in with my finger, it does not show continuity, if I push it in 3/4 it shows continuity.

    Is this a faulty switch or and alignment issue?



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This is usually caused by either a bad door switch, a loose door switch mount, or a problem on the control panel.

Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside.

If you or a friend decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, linked here on Fixya:

The door switch file is at

You can also find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here:

Please write back with more details if you need further help.

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  • William Miller
    William Miller Nov 26, 2007


    Door switch or door switch mount / alignment most likely, but once you've checked it out, if you need more help, please feel free to post back.

  • William Miller
    William Miller Jan 05, 2008

    Your continuity check was correct, but it still sounds like the door switch mount or door is a bit out of alignment or loose, or a plastic liece in the latch mechanism is bent or broken.

    I think you'll just have to look closer.

  • William Miller
    William Miller Jan 06, 2008

    The switch holder may be moved downward a bit or some of the plastic that holds the switch may be bent a little.

    I hate to sound like a broken record, but you just have to look it over very closely and use your best judgement at this point.

    It's hard for me to be more certain without being there on the ground.

    You're almost there...

    We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.



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