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How do I remove the control panel on my GE model JE1640WA microwave? I've removed the front/grill but I can't find any screws or latches holding the front of the control panel on...what am I missing?

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  • jillandbenny Mar 16, 2011

    I watched the video you referred me to...it doesn't answer my question...my GE microwave does not have the obvious screw holding the control panel...as I stated in my original question.



    So I still need instructions specific to my microwave for removing the control panel.

  • jillandbenny Mar 16, 2011

    How do I remove the control panel on my GE microwave model JE1640WA? There are no obvious screws of latches holding it on...but I'm reluctant to try and pull or pry it off.

  • jillandbenny Mar 16, 2011

    Kevin---The answer/video you offered doesn't answer my question. My control panel does not have an obvious screw holding it on...as stated in my original question. I still need an answer to my original question.

  • jillandbenny Mar 17, 2011

    How do I remove the outer case...that's my problem. There are no obvious screws/tabs/latches holding it on.

  • jillandbenny Mar 17, 2011

    My problem is this: my microwave (GE Model JE1640WA) stopped working; I'm pretty sure the problem is with the switch that is activated when the door closes thus allow the microwave to turn on. In order to get to this switch I needed to first remove the front panel/grill....done that, no problem. Next, I need to remove the control panel...that's my current problem...there are no visible screws/clips/brackets to allow removal of the control panel (unlike the Sharp microwave shown on the video on the FixYa website). Perhaps the cover of the control panel has to be pulled/pryed-off to get access to screws that attach the control panel to the microwave...but I'm reluctant to try this without knowledge that it's the right way to go about it. Does that help explain my problem/question? Can you help?

  • jillandbenny Mar 17, 2011

    My problem is this: my microwave (GE Model JE1640WA) stopped working; I'm pretty sure the problem is with the switch that is activated when the door closes thus allow the microwave to turn on. In order to get to this switch I needed to first remove the front panel/grill....done that, no problem. Next, I need to remove the control panel...that's my current problem...there are no visible screws/clips/brackets to allow removal of the control panel (unlike the Sharp microwave shown on the video on the FixYa website). Perhaps the cover of the control panel has to be pulled/pryed-off to get access to screws that attach the control panel to the microwave...but I'm reluctant to try this without knowledge that it's the right way to go about it. Does that help explain my problem/question? Can you help?

  • jillandbenny Mar 17, 2011

    Okay...and how do I remove the outer cover...pry it off with a screwdriver? This will undoubtedly leave some ugly pry marks on the plastic cover. I would have expected there to be a more elegant solution/way to remove the cover. No?

  • jillandbenny Mar 18, 2011

    I'm still looking for an answer as to how to remove the control panel from my GE Microwave Model JE1640WA. I've removed the front cover/grill. There are no visible screw or clips to remove to get the cover off of the control panel. I'm reluctant to try and pry the cover off with a screwdriver or such...this will surely damage the plastic cover. There must be a trick to getting this cover off...but no one seems to know what it is.

  • jillandbenny Mar 19, 2011

    Finally, TheMobilian actually read/understood my question and posted an answer that enabled my to repair my microwave, and it's cooking oatmeal as we speak. Sounds like TheMobilian may be in/from Mobile, AL....whether or not, this DauphinIslander says thanks big time for the help.

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Interesting video of how to get into a GE:
Service manual of a late model GE

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You need to remove the outer cover around the top and sides,then discharge the high voltage capacitor before reaching in the unit,the control panel screws will be in there holding the control panel,facing outward

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HI...

The controller usually includes a microcomputer, though very inexpensive units may simply have a mechanical timer (which ironically, is probably more expensive to manufacture!). The controller runs the digital clock and cook timer; sets microwave power levels; runs the display; and in high performance ovens, monitors the moisture or temperature sensors
to resolve all the difficulties, I'll be happy if you could explain in more detail the problem of your microwave oven?

regards

Posted on Mar 17, 2011

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    HTS Sri Aman Mar 18, 2011

    Most microwave door switches can be tested for continuity( CLICK HERE ) to see if the switch has failed. This can "fool" you sometimes. This switch looks fine, tested fine with an ohm meter and even made the "click" noise ok when we pressed on the actuator button.




    BUT,



    Once we opened up the switch, it became clear this switch's contacts where being overheated and failing = new switch time.










    This switch "looked" ok, "checked" ok with an ohm meter...but as you can see...it is not ok.


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    HTS Sri Aman Mar 19, 2011

    If there is no other way that allows the control panel is removed, it require you to poke the plastic cover carefully to detach the controller. If it's not a burden for you, I hope you can upload a front and back part of the controller photo, is so i can investigate the suitability of a way to open it.

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Remove outer case. Remove screws holding keypanel / control board asm. Remove ribbon connector from key panel to control board. Remove control board. Remove keypanel. (may be stuck on w/ double face tape or held with metal tabs bend over protruding from the front side of a trim piece.

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Hello & Welcome to FixYa

Please check this video for control panel replacement:


Please get back to me if you have any other questions.

Kevin

Posted on Mar 16, 2011

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    Kevin White Mar 17, 2011

    Then just go to next step in video and take out the control

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