The door catch on my SMEG FME24X microwave broke and I have ordered a replacement part.
Does anyone have any experience of replacing these? I am keen to avoid an engineer call out for just a little piece of plastic.
I am hoping that there is a 'technique' to removing the old catch and fitting the new one that does not involve removing the entire door and disassembling it.
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Re: Replacing the door catch
If you're talking about a hook-like device that sticks out of the door and goes into a hole in the chassis of the microwave (or any other internal part of the door for that matter) you'll have to take the door apart.
Brands and models vary, but some use screws which are obvious, and others use hidden hooks similar to the ones in the drawing I've added to this post.
If you can post or e-mail photos of the area where the part goes, we may be able to translate our experience with other brands to yours.
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Those are classic symptoms of a bad magnetron tube, the microwave source. It is possible to replace the part, but usually not worth it. The magnetron is expensive and you should let a professional do the repair. There are lethal voltages under the cover and the chance of microwave leakage if the repairs aren't done correctly. Between the part cost and labor charge, it's usually not much more expensive (sometimes even less!) to buy a new oven.
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Here is a tip that will help you to figure out what is wrong with your
The door switches are almost certainly the culprit - probably the upper one. It may also be a loose mount, or even a loose spring in the hook-like devices on the door which activate the switches.
There is a center monitor switch whose purpose is to blow open the fuse if the door is open and the upper or lower switch gets activated.
That's why the fuse blew when the screwdriver was introduced - you activated the door switch while the monitor switch was on.
I've attached a generic picture which gives you the idea.
More importantly, at my Web site, I have critical safety information, disassembly tips, and infomration on checking and replacing door switches.
You can find these via my link at FixYa here: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk