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1985 GE Microwave Spacesaver Uninstall

Help, We cannot figure out how to get this old microwave off our wall and cannot find the instruction on the GE Website. Any advice would be helpful.

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    How do you remove a spacemaker microwave?

  • stonecutters May 11, 2009

    I have one manu in Nov 1984. Model number is jvm64004. I have read posts all over the internet on removing these older spacemakers but it appears the mine is even older and mounted differently.



    After removing the covers above the door and the light panel below. There is nothing left to remove or unscrew. The unit simply isn't budging from it's hanging brackets.

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I was facing the same problem with my (1998?) GE JVM48006. In this models case, the microwave was housed in a support cabinet that was fastened to the wall behind. First, I removed the phillips head screws behind the louvered vent above the microwave. Then, I removed the screws of the slanted bottom panel that give access to servicing the stove top lights (underneath the unit) which were integrated into the support cabinet (separate from the microwave itself). On the right side was an electrical wire harness hidden behind a cover that had to be unplugged (similar to a car wiring harness). Then, I removed (4) 5.1/2 inch hex head bolts that secured the unit through the cabinet above. Now I was able to slide the microwave out towards the front (with some rocking back and forth). All that was left then was to remove the support housing (fastened to the back wall).

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  • Tfender Nov 05, 2011

    This is the best advice for removing a JVM48xxx model microwave. The key thing to know here is to "slide out" the microwave. Everyone else is saying "tilt" and that is impossible with a JVM48xxx model. With later models, yes, they hang and tilt on a back bracket, but this monster of a microwave "slides" into the main frame which is like a big fat metal box. Follow ampphoto's directions by doing the bottom work first (including unplugging the housing under the cover) and then remove the 4 lag bolts on top. This will aid you in removing it with ease. The "box" bracket frame is next and those lag bolts are long! But with some patience you an get that bracket off and the you are done.

    Thanks! You were the only one on 10 different websites that explained the "sliding" part. Crucial piece of info.

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Remove the top section on the front of microwave.Its located above the door and extends from one side to the other.Once removed you will have a long screw post on each side to remove .Now from the top ,usual access is through the cabinet above the microwave you will have to remove 2-4 long screws ,one on each side.This removal will lower the micro wave to pull off the wall mount thats keeping it stuck to the wall. Please Rate This !!!

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I just removed an old GE JVM46006. Took all day with back and forth checking different sites on the net for help. There were no visible screws on top or sides ( in cabinets), several suggestions were to remove vent at top of microwave to access possible long screws that ran to the back,or a loop/lever that would disengage a rod running to mounting bracket. Also a suggestion to get 2 burley guys and some booze to remove it physically. I finally just started removing screws and clips that were exposed when I removed vent. Removed bottom cover over light ect. The right side came loose first and I had to remove screws for a motor cover under controls. The insides just slide out. I had to unplug wiring harness. The whole shell of the microwave was fastened to the wall, I would never have been able to "muscle" it loose. There were 8 lag bolts and several nails running into the wall studs.

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See my solution under "Problem with Hotpoint JE740WY/GY Microwave Oven" for removing a Hotpoint RVM58003, which may have a similar attaching method to this Microwave Hood. The Hotpoint RVM58003 (circa 1984) does not have a separate hanging bracket like modern GE Microwave Hoods do,, therefore the Microwave sub-assembly must be removed to expose the outer frame and rear mounting screws.

Posted on Oct 17, 2011

I CAN'T FIND THE SCREWS TO ATTACH THE TOP OF THE SPACE SAVER TO THYE BOTTOM OF THE UPPER CABIONET, WHAT SIZE OF SCREW IS THIS. WHY DOESN'T IT HAVE A NORMAL SCREW, I ALREADY WENT THROUGH ALL THE SCREWS THAT LOWES HAS.

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Did you look here?

If yours is not there, I would contact GE Customer Service here.

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