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The handle on the door has broken at the bottom. It looks like an easy fix if I can just figure out how to get it apart without breaking it further.

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To access the door handle mounting screws on MOST microwave ovens, you have to remove the inner door panel that goes around the perimeter of the glass. You can use a small screwdriver to carefully pry the plastic up and work your way slowly around the perimiter of the glass. Most microwave ovens also have grooves in the panel that you can insert the screwdriver into. Use care not to pry against the glass. The glass is tempered and also has an RF shield that prevents harmful microwaves from potentially harming the consumer. If you break the glass, you will need to purchase a new door.

The door handle screws are located behind the inner panel. Simply remove the broken handle and install the new one. Re-insert the inner door panel carefully and gradually work your way around the perimeter of the door glass and make sure it snaps back into place.

This repair can be done with the door in place, or you can remove it for easier access. If you decide the remove the door, simply open it all the way and lift straight up at the hinges. The door will lift off of the hinge pins. Place on a hard flat surface with some towels under it for padding. This protects the door facing from scatches.

If you have any questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: Some doors have a small hinge pin that has to be removed in order to remove the door. If the model number you have this listed under is correct, I found a replacement door handle at repairclinic.com for about $25. Look for item #1381096.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009

Testimonial: "Very helpful. I saw no screws holding the door together, so instead of prying with a risk of damage, this information was great."

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Following your instructions and it worked like a champ!!! Thank you, Kimmie

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