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GE JVM1650BB005 I am trying to replace the handle assembly and am having great difficulty getting to the screw at the very top and very bottom in the door that screw into the handle. There are two screws on top and two on bottom of handle...I can access two through the holes in the door assembly. I have stareted to remove the outer plastic frame from the glass portion of the door but seems hard to remove. I have the top and bottom areas of the outermost plastic frame disconnected from the glass, but can't get the rest of the fram by the latch to separate from the inner frame. Not sure where to go from here. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2008

    same problem - got the choke cover off and removed the two visible screws; following the appliance store repairman's instructions the handle should now just release; but handle is still firmly attached and I am unable to see where to access the additional screws/tabs or whatever is holding it in place.

  • kew123 Jan 27, 2008

    This does not address the problem of having two screws at the top and bottom of the microwave handle. Everything I have come across addresses the way to get the two screws out, one on the upper and one on the lower handle, but when I look at the inside of the microwave door, I see the there is another screw to remove before getting the handle off. This second screw is obstructed by the door panel. Does anyone know how to get to these screws (preferibly without taking the door off)?

  • scott246 Feb 05, 2008

    Has anyone been able to deal with the other 2 screws and actually replace the handle? It seems people are able to remove the inner door without problem, and on a some models this is all that is needed. I've ordered the handle but have not tried to replace yet. The exploded diagram is not of great help, in that, it doesn't precisely show handle attaching hardware.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    How to get off inner door frame to get to the screws to the handle



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You can search under Repair Parts and enter your full model number JVM1650BB005 and get an exploded view diagram here: That diagram can be a great help. Also, I've attached below a door panel diagram from a Sharp model. Your GE disassembly may work the same way. If you haven't already taken the door off the microwave, I would recommend you don't unless you leave the hinge assembly attached to the door and remove the door from the hinges. It's critical to be sure you get (or keep) the door and hinged aligned exactly as they were to prevent leakage.

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There have been several posts about this, but I failed to find any that successfully answered the question.

For this microwave, there are a total of 4 screws holding the handle on. Once you remove the inner frame you can remove two of the screws, but the remaining two are blocked by the metal door.

To access the remaining two, you have to remove the outer door frame and glass. This is accomplished by staring at the hinged side of the door. With the door open, and looking at the hinged side, you will see two clips that are part of the outer frame, and that clip over the inner metal door. Carefully pry these clips over the metal door, and keep working your way around the upper and lower sides, there are several more clips on the to and bottom sides. Once all these are released, the outer frame will come right off.

The outer frame holds the glass, so be careful not to drop it as you are trying to take it off.

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2. Open the door to the microwave. The top screw is obvious. Take it out.

3) Use a flathead screwdriver or putty knife to remove the inner moulding. THis is the central thing you'll see -- the outside is the frame of the door and the inside is the frame of the screen/window. The MIDDLE thing is the one you want. It's is clipped onto the screen/window frame, so put the screwdriver in on the edge closer to the door frame and gently lever it out. There are a lot of clips. BE CAREFUL -- if you are unsure, take to an appliance repair shop that can properly test for leakage!!!

4. The lower screw will then be evident. Take it out and the handle... or shards of it in my case... comes off.

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SOURCE: Repalce Door handle on GE Profile model number SCA1000DBB03

There're some half a dozen or so small screws securing that frame to the door face. These screws must be removed. Then, the frame can be pried out by releasing the plastic snappers (with a flat screwdriver) while in the same time gently helping the frame to detach from these snappers' hold and the door face. It's a tidious, somewhat annoying task. The snappers may and will even likely break in the process, but aren't needed for the frame to be resecured to the door face after the handle is replaced. Note that the broken ends of the handle must be held with a pair of pliers or a flat screwdriver needs to be inserted bewteen each of them and the hole, or the ends will turn with the screws. This is because the metal screws' grip of the plastic handle broken ends is very strong and otherwise won't get separated.Once the above is accomplished, reassembling the door is a brease.

P.S.: The dual end latch may interfere somewhat with the job and can be removed for the process to be undertaken without it disturbing. It's easy to remove and replace that latch, including its spring.

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SOURCE: replace door handle

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.

Or you can watch a YouTube video (not a video I made) that demonstrates how it's done.

You may need to rotate the handle in some models.

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

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


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1 Examine the inside of the door. The handles of some early GE Spacemaker microwave models were attached after the two inner door panels were assembled to the outer door. If you see two recessed screws opposite the handle attaching points, undo them with a Phillips screwdriver and remove the handle. If not, go to the next step.

2 Insert the blade of a thin, flat-head screwdriver into the top, outer corner of the door, between the plastic inner frame and the outer door. Gently pry the inner frame out and slip a putty knife into the exposed opening on top of the door. Slide the putty knife toward the hinges to free the top of the inner frame; repeat on the front and bottom edges of the door and lift the inner frame out to expose a second metal inner frame.

3 Insert a thin, flat-head screwdriver into each of the small square openings on the top and bottom of the inner metal frame, starting at the handle end of the door. Undo the attaching clips by gently levering the inner door away, using the rim of the outer door as a fulcrum. Move the inner door away from the outer door on its hinges.

4 Remove the glass from the outer door. Undo the two screws holding the handle to the outer door with a Phillips screwdriver. Screw the replacement handle onto the door and tighten securely.

5 Replace the glass panel and reassemble the door by snapping the two inner frames back in place.


GE Microwave model JVM1650CH01. Trying to replace door handle." I have removed panel on inside of door and removed 2 screws to handle. It appears that there are screws holding the outside cover of door...

This image might help. If not it looks like you have to disassemble the door until you get to the very outer frame, as that is where the handle screws are


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If at all possible try getting an exploded image break down to see what needs to happen, basically you have two things in your way one is the "choke"...the large black rectangle on the inside of the door this has to be pryed off carefully all the way around and lifted off, pocket knife works great to get it started. next you will have the front door assembly snapped onto the mesh screen and frame of the door itself. Once you have seperated the front door you will see the screws for the handle, DONT OVERTIGHTEN these screws when you reinstall.
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