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Clean vent can i remove the vent to clean

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Re: clean vent

The vent (also known as grill assembly in GE literature) comes off after removing the two screws at the top of the unit and gently sliding the entire assembly to the left about an inch. This will allow the vent to be cleaned of grease, hair, etc., as well as giving some access to the areas behind the vent.

Posted on May 21, 2010

Re: clean vent

If it is vented up through a cabinet no you can't usually remove the vent but you can clean the filters on the bottom. If it is a stand alone microwave unless you want to remove the cabinet that's the only way to clean any vents. But you can remove the cabinet by removing the screws in back and on the sides.

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Samsung Microwave SMH9187 error message (?) 5E

You can do this without removing unit from wall. First unplug unit. Next remove the two screws on the top of the unit closest to the front. These screws simply keep the up facing vent in place. Next slide the vent to the left (plastic latches on bottom hold in place) to allow vent to be removed. You should now see a single screw above the control panel. Remove it then open the microwave door. Gently slide the control panel up which will disengage the plastic latches on the panel sides. Suggest if you are going to remove the controller and replace take a picture before removing it so you know exactly how to reconnect all the wires.

Aug 15, 2012 | Samsung SMH9187 Microwave Oven

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How do you get the front vent off to clean it. My microwave was manufactured in July 1993 and is an under the counter type?

Usually the manufacturer will provide a way for you to be able to remove it IF they would want you to (e.g. for cleaning purposes). If there's no instruction label for that, then don't.

Always check your manual for cleaning instructions. I found a manual of the same model and you can use as a reference for cleaning your unit.

Hope this helps.

Nov 16, 2010 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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There are stains in between the glass on the door. How can I remove and clean this?

Hello :

Disassembling the door yourself will void the warranty and may require a service technician to repair any damage or put the door back together. It is recommended that a service technician complete this for you. It is not recommended that you disassemble the door yourself.

Things You Will Need:
Glass cleaner
Soft cloths
Glass stovetop cleaner
Steps to Remove the Glass:
Make an appointment with a service technician to remove the glass from the door.
Use glass cleaner to remove as much of the debris as possible.
For tougher stains and food debris, use a glass stovetop cleaner to aid with removal.
Once the stains and debris are removed, allow the service technician to reassemble the door.
Cleaning Through the Door Vents:

When the glass cannot be removed or is no longer covered by the warranty, there are other, more creative, ways that can be used to clean it.

Things You Will Need:
Long handled cleaner
Bottle brush
Yardstick/ruler wrapped in cloth
Bent hanger wrapped in cloth
Dryer vent brush
Glass cleaner
Soft cloths/towels/long socks
Duct tape (optional)
Steps to Clean Between the Glass:
Some Microwave ovens have small vents along the bottom or top of the door. These vents go in between the glass (and are likely part of the problem with other materials getting in there as well). By inserting a towel on a long-handled stick, you can gently clean between the glass without disassembling the door.First, find the vents on the door if you have them.
It may be easier to remove the door from the hinges and lay it flat on the floor. Many microwave oven doors simply lift right off of the hinges, others will require loosening a few screws first. Replacing the door should be easy to do at the end of the cleaning and will not void the warranty.
Start by choosing a long-handled cleaning tool. There are a variety of options available, so be creative.
Secure a towel or soft cloth (long socks work well) to the handle with duct tape or other strong tape. Make sure it’s well fastened so it doesn’t come off and become stuck in the door.
Moisten the towel or soft cloth with the window cleaner or other cleaning product.
Insert the cleaning tool through the vents.
Move the cloth back and forth to remove the debris from between the glass.
Remove the cloth.
Repeat with a clean cloth until all of the debris is gone.
Replace the door on the oven and enjoy the clear, clean view.

WARNING : A microwave oven is capable of giving you a serious electrical shock, even when it is unplugged. I strongly recommend you seek the assistance of an appliance repair technician when conducting any microwave oven repair .

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Mar 30, 2010 | Whirlpool MH7140XF Microwave Oven

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Oven is installed not outside vented. There is

It could be that the filter elements are clogged and need to be cleaned. Remove then from the underside of the micro hood and clean them using a good quality cleaner, such as Simple Green. Clean and allow to air dry before reinstalling.

While the filter elements are out, you can check for obstructions and run the fan to see if it is better without the filters installed.

If there is no noticeable increase in the air flow, it is possible that the exhaust vent baffle was not installed correctly, when the mircrowave was first installed.

Hope you found this Very Helpful and best regards!

Aug 18, 2009 | GE Advantium 120 Convection/Microwave Oven

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Cleaning vent

two screws on top will release the vent to remove.

Sep 08, 2008 | GE Advantium 120 Convection/Microwave Oven

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Microwave message says to replace charcoal filter. User manual states charcoal filter is used if unit is not vented outside. Our unit is vented outside

External vent systems have the charcoal filter removed, generally at the time of installation, as it is not needed for this application.
The charcoal filter removes odors from internal recycled airflow.
There should be an aluminum grease filter that you can remove to clean in a warm soapy solution, let dry, and reinstall.

May 27, 2008 | GE Microwave Ovens

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How to clean the air filter of my goldstar microwave model # MV1526B/01

That sounds like the charcoal filter. It cannot be cleaned, and must be replaced. From the owner's manual:


If your oven is vented inside, the charcoal filter should
be replaced every 6 to 12 months, and more often if
necessary. The charcoal filter cannot be cleaned.

To order a new charcoal filter, contact the Service

1. Remove the two vent grille mounting screws.
(2 middle screws)

2. Tip the grille forward, then lift it out

To get a new filter, you can try local appliance parts stores or see customer service or find servicers here:

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

William E. Miller, AS-EET

Apr 13, 2008 | Goldstar MV-1526 Microwave Oven

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How to remove the vent above the door for cleaning

Sometimes they may be dirty and will respond to cleaning, but in some cases, the actual plastic may yellow and the only remedy is to replace it.

The manual just says to take the two screws out, but doesn't refer to their being anything unusual. I would assume they're small Philips.

But if you're unsure of what kind of tool to use, can you post a photo of the screw head and maybe we can tell.

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

Mar 24, 2008 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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