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The door hinges are breaking loose and the door flops out of place.

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This seems to be a common problem with this model, and one fellow said he took the bottom off the unit, but couldn't figure anything out short of maybe welding a support from front to back to support the door hinges.
I would complain to Frigidaire about this, and see if there is a recall or some procedure to help you out. It's obviously a poor design and faulty if so many people are having the same problem.
Here's their support site:
http://www.frigidaire.com/customersupport
If you go to the following web page, you will see diagrams and parts lists for this unit.
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=5154395&diagram_id=897160#d897160
Part 45 is a bracket, and part 100 is a door latch screw, which will get you in the areas of the hinges.
The diagrams are small and hard to make out, but hopefully they will help you identify the bad parts, for replacement/repair.
Good luck, and hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 05, 2011

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On MOST microwave ovens, you just have to remove the inner door panel that goes around the perimeter of the glass. The panel is pressed in place and can be removed by using a small screwdriver or putty knife and carefully insert along the seam of the inner panel to pry the plastic up. Work your way slowly around the perimeter of the glass to pop the panel loose. Use care not to pry against the glass. The glass is tempered and also has an RF shield that shields you from harmful RF radiation.

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You can view an exploded view diagram of your microwave at any of the following websites for reference:


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Just type in your model number and locate the parts listing for the door. If you have any questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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To access the door handle mounting screws on MOST microwave ovens, you have to remove the inner door panel that goes around the perimeter of the glass. You can use a small screwdriver to carefully pry the plastic up and work your way slowly around the perimiter of the glass. Most microwave ovens also have grooves in the panel that you can insert the screwdriver into. Use care not to pry against the glass. The glass is tempered and also has an RF shield that prevents harmful microwaves from potentially harming the consumer. If you break the glass, you will need to purchase a new door.

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