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I have a GE Microwave that has the door the glass then the screen. When cooking the food splatters through the screen to the glass and I can't clean the glass. How do I take the screen off and switch it around?

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  • darlenekay20 May 17, 2010

    Thanks a bunch I will try it today!

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Hi, i figured it out, with the help of an exploded-view diagram from GE's website (not the other site mentioned above). You may want to remove the door first. To do that, unscrew the vent grille at the top of the microwave (2 screws) and lift it off. The door then lifts up easily, off its mounting.

The first step in disassembling the door was to pop out the plastic bezel that surrounds the window on the inside of the door. It is held in place by a bunch of hidden catches. On some microwaves one can insert a putty knife into the gap between the frame and the bezel to release the catches, but I don't think that would have worked on my microwave. I broke some of the catches getting it out, but it did go back together fine afterward. Try the putty knife first.

Once you get the bezel off, remove the two screws that hold the door handle on. (My door handle stayed attached--perhaps there is glue as well as screws. This is OK.) With those screws removed, the metal frame of the door (which includes the grille), is held to the plastic outer frame by a bunch of plastic catches. Disengage these with your finger or a screwdriver. I found it helped to wedge a screwdriver between the metal frame and the plastic outer frame, to keep the catches from re-engaging. Once you get the catches released, the metal frame lifts out of the door. The glass is held in slots in the plastic outer frame and can be easily cleaned at this point.

Important addendum: on my microwave, there was supposed to be a plastic film on the inside of the door, to keep food from getting in there in the first place. I don't know if the microwave was built without it by mistake, or if a former owner removed it. If you are going to take your door apart to clean the glass, make sure you order a replacement "door film" to put on the inside of the door when you're done. It's a heavy plastic film with adhesive on one side. You just peel off the backing and stick it on the inside of the door after you're done cleaning. To get the part number, go to the parts search on GE's website and look for your model. Check the list of parts and/or the "exploded view". Once you have the part number, you can order it from GE or copy the part number and get it from any of several parts suppliers online. The latter are slightly cheaper, and many offer very fast delivery.

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You have to have that screen stay put. That keeps the microwaves from escaping. Use a splatter proof microwave cover to cook with.

Posted on May 17, 2010

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    Dan Webster May 17, 2010

    You must replace he door, you cannot remove the screen. It would make it dangerous.

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    Dan Webster May 17, 2010

    Thanks

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