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Burnt hole in microwave

When cooking several years ago whatever it was at the time caught on fire and was on the metal rack that comes with the microwave. Where the rack sits on the clips burned a hole in the side of the microwave and fryed the plastic clip. we by accident found we could continue to use the microwave by placing a piece of duct tape over the burnt hole. I am getting ready to sell the house and if at all possible would rather find a CORRECT way to repair the hole than have to buy a new one. Thank you, Hope Ellis
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  • hopeellis Jun 08, 2008

    I have a GE SPACESAVER manufactured in 1994 that came with the house when we purchased it in 2003, The model is JVM240WL001. There is a hole the size of a quarter or smaller in the side of the microwave where the back right clip was. We have put a piece of duct tape over it and it has worked fine since the fire that burnt the hole in 2004. We are going to sell and would like to know if this problem is fixable or do we need to replace it before putting the house on the market. Thank you!> Hope Ellis

  • heidip2 Jun 19, 2008

    I have an ultrex microwave which has a flap on the side (not metal, some type of cardboard material covered with silver paint?). While microwaving, a spark (large) burned a hole into this flap. Where can I get a replacement? And what would cause it to spark like that?

  • caa1947 Jan 26, 2009

    We had a fire in our built-in microwave. It melted the plastic circle that helps turn the turntable and broke the turntable, both of which I have replaced. It also caused a warped adn burnt through place on the top inside of the microwave where the light is stored. Because of the warping, we now have a hole but the microwave works. It is safe to use? Can I seal it with duct tape?

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    Please reply back with your brand and model number so we can help you.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    Can you take the clips out and use the microwave without them?

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Is the hole actually bigger than it originally was or is it just empty because the rack support got burned up & discarded?

The rack supports / rack holders can be ordered. The part number is WB06X10140 (or WB6X10140) and they're less than $5.00 each. You can find them in stock here.

If you install a new rack support in the hole, then any gap or hole around it can allow grease to accumulate, and that can lead to arcing. But you can seal it safely & easily.

Once the support is installed and everything is squeaky clean and dry, you can apply a small amount of silicone caulk into the gap or hole.

Let it dry it overnight with the door open, then use a razor blade or X-acto knife to gently trim away any excess caulk.

That would be a really good fix.

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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