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Re: How do I remove the fan cover for cleaning?
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The contacts in the vent fan relay are probably welded together from all the use over the years. May/may not be able to replace it. Some models have a removable cover, you could try to remove the cover, free the contacts, clean therm with a small file and try it, sometimes it works for a few more years. WARNING: Microwave ovens are very dangerous due to very high voltage inside them. be very careful when servicing the, many people have been killed playing with them!
My Spacesaver bulb replaces from the top. You have to remove 2 screws that hold the upper vent cover. W/ cover off you will find a phillips head screw about the center that holds the bulb cover. Remove the cover screw & lift up & remove the cover, then replace the bulb, the cover & screw then put the vent cover & it's 2 screws back. There may be some variance but they are all similar.
I remember happening to us many years ago. The cause was accumulated dirt and loose insulation material interfering with the fan blades. The solution was to unplug the refrigerator from the wall outlet, move the unit to enable reach from the back, unscrew the screws holding the back cover located at the bottom area (made of kind of cardboard), with the vacuum cleaner thin long nose attachment clean anything that looks dirty the best you can reach. Look for the fan and check nothing is interfering with it. Clean it, use a thin brush the best you can. Be careful not to hurt yourself scratching a finger or break anything bumping around cleaning. Some refrigerators design allows to reach the condenser panel (kind of a radiator or grilled looking component), if you can clean that too it will get your unit working efficiency back to maximum.
Another cause for noise could be the freezer fan hitting frozen condensate caused when the door gasket is deteriorated or not sealing well (humidity seeps in and freezes interfering with the fan operation). While you are at it look for any freezer stuff (content) sticking into the freezer fan cover and touching the fan, that may make noise too. Good luck.
If it is running but running slow you may be able to save the fan motor that you have. I am assuming this is a counter top microwave.
First off... make that dreaded trip to your nearest appliance parts supply and buy a "Zoom Spout" oilier (Usually under $3.00)
Next (unit un-plugged) remove the 6 screws in the back of chassis cover and the 4 screws on the side. Begin lifting the cover up to about 15 deg and pull toward the rear of the microwave so the cover unlatches. Once unlatched lift off the cover.
Use a flat bladed screwdriver that your holding way back on the handle and ground the large capacitor at least 3 times across both terminals. It may make a POP but not to worry... that is normal and your making the unit safe to work around.
Now get a paper towel and lift the fan blade with your hand gently until it just lifts briefly. Wipe off the dirt from the fan motor shaft. Underneath the fan motor use a Q tip to remove the dirt from the armature shaft.
Pull the tube out about 3 inches from the Zoom Spout Oiler (under the red cap) Lubricate the fan motor bearings upper and lower from above the bearing. It is ok to over oil just make sure you spin the fan blade by hand then lift the fan blade up and down... use the paper towel to clean up the dirt. Re-oil again to flush dirt. repeat the lifting up and down of the fan blade (full travel 1/8" or less) and wipe once again. Once your sure the bearing mating surfaces are clean and the excess oil has been cleaned up test the microwave with the cover off. Just be advised the HV capacitor is now recharged so avoid reaching into any area where there are exposed contacts. It can really ruin your day. After your sure the fan is at full speed then re-install the cover assy by holding it over the unit with the rear elevated at a 15 deg angle... Ease the cover forward guiding the side locking tabs into the front of the chassis. Lower the cover and install all 10 screws. 4 on the side and 6 on the back.
That should do it. If not the only other option is fan motor replacement. If you determine that you need a fan motor respond with the model number and I can assist you in finding the replacement parts on-line or ;the part number so you can buy it locally at an appliance parts supply source.
Even though this is a pain, I need to suggest that you perform the following:
Remove the microwave from the mounting position as follows:
1. Place a cardboard box of sufficient height to have the microwave rest on it with no more than about a 4-inch drop. Cover the box with a bath towel.
2. Using a power screwdriver, remove the 2 mounting screws located in the overhead cabinet base. (microwave front will tilt down onto the box)
3. Firmly lift on the rear of the microwave to unhook it from the wall mount bracket.
4. Once removed, pull some slack on the power cord.
5. Slide the box and microwave forward (toward you)....enough to see the fan blades
6. Place a small cup of water in the microwave and press quick start (30 seconds)
7 Look at the fan blades. If NO movement, open door. Hand rotate blades a full turn to ensure free movement.
8. Restart microwave. (fan blades move - Yes/no)
If No, check power cable that supplies internal power to fan. Be sure it is connectied.
If yes - but only a slight movement - it is clogged with grease...remove it and spray with lots of Ammonia to clean fan elements. Shake excess moisture off. Retest.(fan blades move - Yes/no).
If yes, reverse removal procedure and enjoy....
If no, Replace fan assembly
Hello I´ve repaired a couple of ACE208 with hot message in the display. The problem is in the convection fan located on the back of the oven cavity, turn the oven on and quickly open the door and look inside to see if the fan is spinning (slowing down, the fan stopps when you open the door but you can see it slowing down) if it is not spinning the supporting screws of the fan sometimes loosen up causing the fan to hit the oven walls preventing the fan to spin freely -probably before the problem started to happen you could hear a loud noise- the fan can´t move the air throgh the warming elements causing them to overheat hence the hot message. The fan motor rarely fails so all you need to do is remove the stainless steel cover and the back black cover and tighten the mounting screws of the convection fan and clean it if it´s dirty.
Hope this helps, both the ovens with hot message I have repaired get the green tag just by doing this or replacing the motor, I have no knowledge of other problems that may cause this.
Two problems found. The electrician that installed the micro. installed it incorrectly. The fan was supposed to be turned so that the exhaust would go through the pre-installed duct in the wall. To remove the grill, there is two screws on top of the micro. which have to be removed. The builder put in a deeper cabinet that covers the screws because it looks better. To fix it I have to drop the micro, take off the grill, clean it and all the grease off the micro., replace the charcoal filter, turn the fan so it will exhaust through the duct and reinstall the micro.
The fan is located on the right side behind the key panel. I know this because I removed it while replacing the magnetron the other day. It is easier to get to than the magnetron. You take the black cover off. Then there is a silver cover with 3 screws covering the magnetron. Remove it and remove the front grill and one screw to the keypad, then you can reach the fan thru there.