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Door latch not functioning well

The door latch must be closed with some force in order for the microwave to close and operate. if it is closed gently, the inside light stays on and it will not allow it to operate.

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The door switch needs adjusting recommend a service tech to do this

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Fan and light stay on when door closed. Shut off when door is open. Still heats. Door latch and spring are intact.


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If the door sensor thinks the door is ajar, it prevents the microwave from heating as a safety precaution.

I found with my old microwave that tapping on the closed door, right at the latch, with a little bit of force would convince the sensor the door was really closed.

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Door does not stay closed


If you gently push up on the door latch heads (hook-like devices sticking out of the door) there should be spring tension. If they just flop right up, the spring is off inside.

Normally the problem is not the spring, but a broken spring mounting tab on the door latch head (hook) assembly or the inner door panel.

If it's the door panel, it's usually easier and cheaper to use epoxy and some kind of hardware to fashion a new spring mount.

The door latch head (hook) is easy to replace or repair if that's the issue.

The service manual for the R-408LS (the model you posted it under) is here.

You can order parts from the Sears Parts Direct Web site.

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Inner Bootom Door Hinge Broke off...since then it will not turn on...Will that prevent microwave from functioning?


You probably mean the door LATCH broke off. Yes, that will prevent your oven from operating. The door latches operate switches inside to indicate that the door is closed. If the control board doesn't see the right switch settings, it thinks the door is open and won't allow cooking. Replacement latches are available, but you should check with a professional shop to do the repair. If door repairs aren't done correctly, there is a chance of microwave leakage and an unsafe oven.

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The latch on kenmore micro #721-62622200 is broken at bottom


In order to have the correct operation of the door latch mechanism and latch switches.
  1. Ensure correct adjustment of the Door and the Latch switches.
  2. Wipe off any dirt or grease around the door key where it touches the latch switched and door hooks with a soft cloth. Maintaining the smooth movement of the latch mechanism and switches etc�
  3. After replacement of the latch mechanism and/or Latch switches. Make sure to confirm a smooth operation of these parts are in order.
to view the exact diagram of how to do this manually just click the link http://www.applianceaid.com/micro8.html

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I cannot open the door of my Panasonic NN-T543W microwave


Well do not pry the door open since there is an easier remedy which will lead you in the direction that you need to fix your problem. Take the cover off after you disconnect the power to it. Once you have taken the cover off (only a few screws) you will be able to see the two latches that hold the door closed and the link that opens both of them. You can just lift both latches at the same time and it will open. After you have done that take a good look and press in on the open door button and you will see where you have the problem of the door hanging. That button should push a linkage that pushes up on both latches at once to open the door. It is spring loaded so that it comes back down so that when you close the door it will hold the door closed. Anyway that is where your problem is. Let me know if you need more hlep.

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Microwave door won't close


If you gently push up on the door latches (hook-like devices on the door) there should be spring tension. If they just flop right up, the spring is off.

Normally the problem is not the spring, but a broken spring mounting tab on the door latch head (hook) assembly or the inner door panel.

If it's the door panel, it's usually easier and cheaper to use epoxy and some kind of hardware to fashion a new spring mount.

The door latch head (hook) is easy to replace or repair if that's the issue.

We have critical safety & disassembly info at our site, linked here.

You can order Panasonic parts here.

Normally you have to separate the door panels (as shown in the attached photo) and then you'll see the screws you need to remove.

Or you can watch a YouTube video (not a video I made) here that demonstrates how it's done.

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

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