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Broken microwave I tried the door trick, raising the door, and it didn't work. No heat or rotation. Any other suggestions?

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  • Karen sue Jul 29, 2008

    Thank you for your response. How do I find the door switch and how easy is it to replace?

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Yes, please refer to my previous message here, where I discuss door switch trouble, sources for exploded views, parts, etc.

Even though the door trick didn't work, you do have a bad door switch or door switch mount.

That is how your microwave can be fixed.

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

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

  • William Miller
    William Miller Jul 29, 2008

    Not too bad. You remove the outer cover and then look in the area where the hook-like door latches go into the body of the oven next to the control panel.

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Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside. Its continuity must be checked.

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If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa:.

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Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside. Its continuity must be checked.

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Sometimes it's a broken tab on the switch holder, allowing the switch to rotate just out of position. This tab can be hard to see, since it is under the bottom edge of the switch.

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If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa:.

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

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