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How do I get the "surround" panel off ? My JE2160 keeps shorting out when the door latch release is pushed.... wondering if it is a circuit in my garage..... or something wrong with microwave. Would like to remove the microwave from cabinet to take a look at outlet behind it . think the built-in panel needs to be taken off before I can get a grip on microwave.

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You have a serioius problem which requires professional intervention. Your oven should Never 'arc' between the door and the cabinet. Evidently, the oven is charging the door (which should not happen) and the charge is not properly leaking to a proper ground.

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Posted on Oct 03, 2010

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