Question about Microwave Ovens
Thanks for the tips - here is what I did (my wife calls me the Canadian McGuyver!) After taking off the plastic frame (using instructions in Solutions noted above) I used the metal part of a key ring and hooked one end to the spring and looped it around the thick finger/protrusion at the bottom.
Posted on Nov 27, 2010
We have a Panasonic Inverter microwave. Door became difficult to close and had to slam it hard while holding themicrowave to keep it from moving. When opening the door did not pop open but did unlatch. I ordered a new door lever from Panasonic. When got part I removed case from microwave and lever was okay. I then removed the perimeter strip on the inside of the door. With a screwdriver I stretched the spring at the bottom that keeps the door latches pulled downward. Spring still worked just not as stiff. Put perimeter piece back on the door and replaced housing (which I didn't need to remove in the first place), and then put a small drop of vegetable oil on the cams where the door latches hit when closing door. Viola, door opens and closed as new. Problem solved. Diagnosis: over time the latch tension spring hardens and gets too stiff. P.S.: I had several similar springs as backup in case I screwed up the original one.
Posted on Mar 17, 2013
The best way to test the door latch is to lift it up, there should be spring pressure trying to pull it down, if there isn't the spring is more than likely the problem. With mine the hook on the door frame broke. It was ok on the latch. Instead of replacing the door part I shortened the spring then attached to a square hole in of the teeth below the latch making sure it had enough tension to pull the latch down fully with no play. to get to get to it the out the inner panel of the door must be removed by gently starting at the bottom of the door working the panel loose. the only thing holding it in is a series of teeth around the inside. to re-install it just align it and push it back into place.
Posted on Jun 21, 2008
Need to order the latch assy' or try to repair it from the inside latch , there is a good reason why it felt, there must be a clip broken off, check to see if the plastic part has a tab broken off of a clip if soo replace it first,
Hope this help
Bob the builder.
Posted on Feb 08, 2008
I have Panasonic NN-SN69605 stainless-steel microwave oven. Date of manufacture date is April 2012. I don't think I've owned it more than 18 months. I had to slam it before the latch would "catch". Quite annoying. So I sprayed a contact cleaner and lubricant in and around the door hooks and worked them up and down. The action got a lot smoother. I realized the the most problem might be gunk on the springs. Normal use would not cause such a problem. Those door hook holes are large and invites all kinds of trouble from hearing and reheating our culinary delights. No longer a problem.
Posted on Dec 30, 2014
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