Question about Panasonic Microwave Ovens
The actual problem is that the door release spring is too tight. Yeah it works properly for the first few hundred openings,....then as the parts "break in" no amount of pressing the release button will open the door. The culprit is the tight door spring causing wear to the release arm. Here's the repair, but understand that the spring has already damaged the release. Armed youself with a common flatware butter knife. Remove the, dull finished, inner plastic frame on the door. The frame is easy to remove, just slide the knife blade between the seam on the shiny outer frame and the inner plastic frame,....slightly roll the knife and the snap taps will release. Slowly work around the frame until all the tabs release. Once the inner frame is removed you will see the spring connected to the two plastic latch hooks. What you want to do is stretch the spring a little and fatigue its tension. Pull up on the two latches about 1 inch to stretch the spring. The latch/hook piece may slide out its track,....but it goes back in easily. Close the door and check the release button,..adjust spring tension til the door opens with minimal effort. Reinstall the inner plastic frame. If this does not fix the door release problem,..the inner arm/lever release will need to be replaced because of wear caused by the "too tight" spring. Good Luck
Posted on May 27, 2012
If you push in on the open door button and it just goes in and does not open the door, then the problem is that the plastic piece that actually opens the door has broken. You can verify this by removing the cover from the microwave and look inside. If you are handy just buy the part from the panasonic parts store in your city and replace it. If not take it in and they will replace it for you.
Posted on Sep 18, 2008
Posted on Apr 12, 2011
SOURCE: Stuck Microwave door
The button assembly or the arm thats attached to the push button is broken. With the unit unplugged. Carfully take off the screws from the sides and around the back of the unit around the outside of the cover. Now once apart, DO NOT TOUCH any electrical parts. Look at the mechanism and see if you can see why the buttons not activating an arm to trigger the door latch. If you think you see why, Go to http://www.repairclinic.com and enter your model #.. Answer the questions and then a bunch of parts will come up. If they dont then get the tele # from there and call them. Depending on how old the oven is, you may want to consider a newer oven??. Good luck
Posted on Jul 30, 2006
SOURCE: Stuck Microwave door
In most cases this is due to a broken door opening lever or loose or broken door latch / hook parts. They can only be accessed and examined if the cover is removed from the microwave. In many over the range models, you can access the door parts by removing the control panel assembly. Sometimes you may be able to get it open by pushing up gently on the bottom of the door while pushing the button, in case you need to empty it.
Posted on Nov 02, 2006
Found this Panasonic post in the Samsung section!
If it moves just a tiny bit when the door opens and then stops, that's normal.
If it keeps running when the door is open, that's usually due to a bad door switch or broken / loose door switch mount.
If you or a friend decide to look into it, we have critical safety information, info on door switch diagnosis and replacement, and
disassembly information at our site, linked here on Fixya: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk
Any Panasonic parts not available locally can be had here: http://www.pasc.panasonic.com/epartr
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Posted on Nov 17, 2007
SOURCE: Can't open microwave door
It sounds like the push to open lever is cracked or broken. You have to remove the 'wrapper' to open the door manually from the inside to check the 'door keys' or door hooks to make sure that they are in tact. Then, check the door opening lever between the 'push to open button' and the lower door key.
Posted on Sep 13, 2009
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The problem I had experienced with the Door not opening easily will be resolved by removing the micowave oven top cover with a tamper proof torx head, replacing the door switch and reinstalling the top cover.
Posted on Jan 20, 2010
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One of the latches has broken off and
is not lifting the dother latch clear of the housing. Remove from any
power source, remove the cover of the cabinet. Slacken off the clamp
mechanism and ease the clamp over the guide to allow the door to
open. When a new door lever is in place, the door may be easily
adjusted by slackening off the screws that clamp the door
catch/actuators in place whilst holding the door closed and then
tightening the screws. The rear of the door may be adjusted by
slackening the lower door hinge screws and adjusting as required.
I hope that helps.
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