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Door is not latching

The door is not latching. I can not tell if it is a problem with the door or the latch holes.

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  • morroccol Aug 16, 2008

    I have the same problem with my Sharp microwave model 1612, the latches just hang, I think it is the spring, I watched the youtube video and i think i can fix it, all the microwave functions work, but if the door does not latch the microwave will not work if you press the start button.

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If you gently push up on the door latches (hook-like devices on the door) there should be spring tension. If they just flop right up, the spring is off.

Normally the problem is not the spring, but a broken spring mounting tab on the door latch head (hook) assembly or the inner door panel.

If it's the door panel, it's usually easier and cheaper to use epoxy and some kind of hardware to fashion a new spring mount.

The door latch head (hook) is easy to replace or repair if that's the issue.

We have the service manual for this model and have uploaded it to our site here to help you. You will need the free Adobe Reader to view or print it.

To get into the door, normally you have to separate the door panels (as shown in the attached photo) and then you'll see the previously hidden screws you need to remove.

The manual shows that, or you can watch a YouTube video (not a video I made) here that demonstrates how it's done.

The best place to order Sharp parts is Tritronics.

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

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