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The door on our Panasonic "The Genius" Inverter won't close. The hooks on the door seem to have free play and won't grab when the door closes

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There is a spring inside the door that holds the latch (hooks) down.

The spring is connected by a little tab or loop on the back of this latch assembly and one on the inside of the inner door panel.

Usually the tab on the inner door panel is where the break occurs.

Disassembling the door and replacing the door panel is a big job.

If you or someone you know is a handyman, you can disassemble it and epoxy in a piece of material to replace the broken mounting tab / loop.

It must be squeaky clean and dry and you need to let the epoxy set up undisturbed for about 24 hours.

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

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The door on our Panasonic - 1b24629.jpg


Posted on May 26, 2008

  • wrench77 Jan 27, 2011

    If you have the same microwave (The genius) that I do, I didn't remove the door at all. Open the door and pry the plastic "trim" piece (it's rectangular shaped) out. You will have to locate the spring that has come loose somewhere in the door. Once you've located the spring, all I did was use a zip tie to connect the spring from the plastic latch to one of the metal tabs that surround the inside of the door. Forget the epoxy, the little plastic piece of plastic that breaks off would be nearly impossible to get glued back on there correctly. Hope this helps.

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