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Remove a GE Spacemaker
The GE Spacemaker series of microwave ovens are designed to be installed above an oven range, freeing up counter space in your kitchen. Some of these Spacemaker models are connected to an outside venting system to carry kitchen vapor and odors outside. Other Spacemaker models utilize a ductless system to do this. Removing a GE Spacemaker microwave oven isn't a difficult task, but, because of the size of some of the oven models, it is a two-man operation. Have a question? Get an answer from an appliance repair specialist now!
Open the cabinet above where the Spacemaker microwave oven is installed. If you see a vent in the cabinet leading to the Spacemaker oven below, your Spacemaker is vented. This vent needs to be disconnected before continuing with removal. Disconnect the vent either by loosening the duct clamps or by cutting the duct tape away with a sharp knife. Pull the vent out of the top of the oven.
Have an assistant support the oven from below. Loosen the mounting screws connected to the Spacemaker through the cabinet bottom. Loosen the screws by turning counterclockwise with the Phillips screwdriver.
Unplug the Spacemaker from the socket in the cabinet.
Continue loosening the screws while your assistant holds the oven in place. Once the screws are removed, have your assistant slowly lower the Spacemaker down by lowering the front face at a 45-degree angle.
Feed the power cable for the Spacemaker through the hole in the bottom in the supporting cabinet.
Help your assistant slowly pull the Spacemaker forward and out of the mounting brackets on the rear wall. Once the Spacemaker is cleared of the mounting cabinet and rear wall, set it down.
Remove the mounting bracket from the rear wall by loosening the screws.
On some of these old GE Spacemaker models, there are two long horizontal bolts at the top (R&L corners), accessed behind the upper grill. Remove the grill (four tiny screws), take out the two bolts (flat screw heads) that attach to the rear plate, and your microwave will come right down and out, providing you've removed the three mounting bolts on the top.
When the microwave is not heating, that means the magnetron is not working. This is what provides the heat to the microwave. I do believe the magnetron has a 10 year warranty.
If you wish to replace it, here is how:
Unplug Microwave at least few hours before
Remove Microwave from above oven range by somebody holding Microwave from ground unscrew the screws from cabinet
Remove top cover of Microwave
Make sure to keep screws correctly in a place you remember what goes where
sure capacitor is discharged, GE manual inside Microwave says capacitor
will discharge within 30 seconds once it is off. As a precaution check
the voltage in capacitor to make sure there is no electricity
Remove other panels around magnetron part
You need to remove lot of connecting wires, should be careful to note down what goes where
If possible take digital photos to refer back when you put everything back together
may need to remove transformer to easily remove and replace Magnetron.
If you can't remove Magnetron easily then remove bottom panel of the
Microwave and remove transformer
Now it should be easy to remove magnetron
new magnetron and screw it. We had to put one outside part from old
magnetron to new one because new one was missing that. Check to make
sure both old and new one are exactly the same
Make sure put all wires properly back
Now put transformer back and screw it
Put capacitor panel in place and screw it
This might be a good time to test the Microwave to make sure it works fine now
Now cover the top panels and start to screw everything
Once everything assembled put the Microwave back above range put screws from top
there are a few ways these can be hung/removed , one is bolting it to the cabinets above it , check for bolts inside the cabinet.
the other way is the bracket in the back of the unit may have a hook or pin around it for a release.
they hide these behind the grill covers on the top or the bottom as well.
let me know how it works out.
never attempt to repair or replace the handle or any part of the door as this almost allways will lead to microwave leakage this will cause most certain death..
replace door or replace the unit today the uniy a very inexspensive..
I just removed mine this morning and was having the same problem, though mine did have the screws above going into the unit. You may have to pop the front vent cover off to locate the screws going to the wall bracket, if so remove those. Also,there are 2 tabs on the bottom of the wall bracket that the back bottom edge of the microwave slip into, keeping the microwave from being pulled forward. Tilt the microwave slightly forward and push the bottom back edge of the microwave up to clear the tabs. Hope this helps.
look in the cabinet above the microwave, there should be 2 bolts which go through the bottom of the cabinet and screw into the microwave. remove these 2 bolts holding the unit steady then tilt the unit down and away from the wall.
i always reccomend to my custs that they stay with the same brand for same mounting bracket, dontreally know a way to verify other hten removing hte old micr first and then before purchasing ask to open box to check
1. Unplug the microwave. The plug is probably in a receptacle that is in the cabinet above the microwave, or in the wall above the shelf that is above the microwave.
2. Remove the two (or three) screws that go straight down through the bottom of the cabinet, or the shelf, into the top of the microwave. Have help in holding the microwave when you do this, as the front of the microwave will be able to fall down when the screws are removed.
3. Allow the front of the microwave to rotate down a little, then lift the back of the unit up about 1/2" to 1". At this point, the microwave will be disconnected from the mounting plate on the wall, so you can move it forward and carry it away.
pop the plastic off inside door you will see 2 screws that hold handle on or if your trying to get the door hinges off unscrew bottom panel to access bottom hinge screw and vent at top to access screws for top hinge