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Panasonic - convection/microwave oven door is stuck shut spring will not open same -dinner in oven help

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What usually breaks is the door open lever.

On a counter top model, the outer cover will need to be removed to diagnose and repair this. On an over-the-range model, only the control panel needs to be
removed.

Please unplug the oven first.

If you or someone you know wants to look into this, we have critical safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa.

Once it is apart, you'll be able to see how the door open button would press against the door open lever, which would then lift up against the door latch heads (hook-like projections on the door) and the door should open.

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Posted on Aug 12, 2008

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To get the door open and salvage your dinner, take a long thin blade ( I used a frosting spreader) and insert from the bottom between the door and the oven frame on the side with the latches (usually next to the control panel). You may have to pry the bottom of the door open just a bit. The object is to push up the lower door latch (which is connected to the upper door latch) and manually open the door. You may have to try a few times but this worked perfectly for me and saved dinner. Obviously the door latch needs to be repaired but this solves the immediate problem of dinner being held hostage by a recalcitrant microwave.

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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Mine is a NN SD277D. My lever was all flappy and wouldn't open the door. this model is over range model with fan

to access in urgency, remove screws from top vent cover (from the top) and reove that cover. then there are 2 screws on the control section. remove and the panel slides/clicks up a little, then comes out. after you've removed the control panel, you can manually flip open the door lever

my plastic lifter broke, so i glued and replaced.

another method of opening is to use thin wide tool like butter knife or icing spreader type utensil from the bottom of the door to the left of the control panel. you're trying to push UP the levers that lock the door closed. this does work, and is how i got in before i opened the control panel. good luck!

Posted on Oct 09, 2009

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The thin blade approach was very helpful, and saved my microwave from the trash heap temporarily. However, my wife came up with an even more helpful temporary 'fix':

Once door is open (use thin blade message described in other messages here), tie some strong, thin thread to the top hook, and extend up through crack in door (a couple strands of embroidery thread wrapped together work great). When you want to open door, simply pull up on the string and door opens easily without the damage of a metal blade on the plastic hook.

I hope it helps!

Posted on May 07, 2010

  • Tom I May 07, 2010

    Apparently, many microwaves use the same door latch, so this approach should work on many different machines. I didn't mention it in my post above, but to clarify, my machine is a Panasonic counter top model.

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After the door was open I put a very thin piece of plastic (with double stick tape) on the hinge side of the latches that gently holds the latches toward the edge (control panel side) of the door.plastic measurements-6"x 13/ 16"

Posted on Oct 09, 2010

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