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My frigidaire microwave door is sagging and is about to fall off

I am having the same problem as the other poster. My microwave door is sagging and falling off. I don't see that a screw is missing but it appears to have a screw hole at the bottom near the left side bottom door hinge.

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EASY get a machine screw, nut with washer. I believe I used a 1/8" machine screw.....(find something small to fit in the hole on the bottom hinge.

First step, take 3 screws off bottom to expose hinge area. Have someone hold it or support it so wires to the light do not pull out,.

Pop the machine screw through the front and then with your fingers get the washer an nut and tighten down.
If you want the professsional look. Paint the machine screw white first with a enamel white paint.


Posted on Jan 01, 2010

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  • Geraldine Dwyer
    Geraldine Dwyer Mar 14, 2014

    Hi Leuteraki, Thanks for your advice - it worked perfectly and now I've a door that works like new. I could not find a 1/8" screw at Home Depot, so went with a 1/4" one - and used 3 washers. And that size screw fit just find. It was a little tight getting the screwdriver at that angle, but it did work. Thanks for saving me a $100 service call.

  • Ronald Goldberg
    Ronald Goldberg Oct 16, 2014

    You saved me from buying a new microwave! The pop rivet repair was easy and worked great

  • Jimython Nov 25, 2016

    Wow - what a simple fix. Thanks for the help! Just did it and my microwave is like new!

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Repairing the loose hinge is simple. First buy a pop rivet tool and 1/8'' or 3mm rivets.
Second remove the door. There is a little plastic pop tab on the inside top corner of the door by the hinge that keeps the door from lifting off of the hinge pins. Use a 1 inch putty knife or maybe a butter knife and pry from the bottom crack. Once tab is off the entire door can be lifted off.
Third, line up the little holes in the bracket with the little holes in the microwave face. Insert a pop rivet in the hole and squeeze the tool till it pops off. I put one 3mm rivet on the top hinge and one on the bottom. No drilling needed on my Fridgidaire PLMV169DCd microwave. I guess u could drill a 1/8'' hole thru the microwave face and the hinge bracket if there isn't one on your model

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    rarubio401 Mar 11, 2013

    Thank you very much, this was quite helpful. I'd like to add two more thoughts. First, use steel rivets because you want the metal of rivets and frame to match. Second, a rivet with a longer grip works better for me because the length compensates for the hole being more like 4 mm in diameter. Thanks again for a great solution.

  • Eleanor Broszeit
    Eleanor Broszeit Jul 09, 2014

    About a year ago this happened and we used this answer to fix our microwave. Now the bottom rivet broke off again and we got out the good old pop rivet tool and replaced the bottom rivet again. i agree that this is a manufacturing flaw and should be addressed by Frigidare/Electrolux.

  • Paula Pollock
    Paula Pollock Sep 29, 2015

    Fantastic and helpful answer. The fix worked great and we're being a little more gentle with the door now. We too agree this is a flaw that should be addressed. So grateful for the post. Thank you.

  • Andy Meier
    Andy Meier Nov 29, 2016

    Really helpful, I had the same problem and the pop rivet solution did the trick. Thank you!

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Agreed, this worked GREAT! Thanks again

Posted on Feb 17, 2013

  • warcraft demonhunter Mar 02, 2013

    Just to follow up after 11 months of slamming the microwave door, the pop rivits are still holding strong.

  • warcraft demonhunter Mar 02, 2013

    I did upgrade the bottom 3mm rivet to the next bigger one by first drilling out the hole slightly. You can buy a cheap pop rivet tool with some rivets for about 10 bucks at Lowes.

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Mine is doing the exact same thing. The door is sagging. I think that the hinge connection on the inside of the microwave has come apart.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

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I just repaired my Frigidaire Professional Series microwave using these answers. I found on another website that what looks like hinges - with the bottom one completely loose - is actually a single bracket, u-shaped, top to bottom. This bracket is what the pins in the door go into and hinge/pivot open and closed. The bracket was originally welded to the frame at the factory and breaks free, causing the door to sag. There are holes in both the frame and the bracket which initially looks like a screw fell out, but they in fact are not used. However, per the answers above, these holes can be used to hold the bracket.
I first removed the door: on mine, there is a plastic L-shaped piece near the top hinge (to left and below) which is meant to keep the door from going upward. This can be pried out using a screw driver. Then simply lift the door up and the pins come out of the bracket and you can remove the door.
Next, as per one answer above, remove three screws that hold the bottom plate on. They are evenly spaced across the front edge. This bottom then will rotate down. I used something to prop it and keep it from going too far down or falling off (there are wires to the light bulbs on it)
Instead of using a pop rivet, I used a machine screw, inserted in the bottom hole, front to back, with a washer and nut. Because the bottom is off, I was able to reach up from behind to hold the nut with some pliers. As an added measure, I found another slightly larger machine screw which fit snug into the upper hole/hinge, which I screwed in to firm it up (there is no way to reach back to secure a nut on it) - though I don't think it is necessary. The bottom screw holds the bracket, top and bottom, firm enough.
When the door was placed back on, I found that using these holes with screws moves the door just a fraction of an inch to the right - i.e. the door now closes just a tad harder, it is snug up to the keyboard. Not too bad though. I think it is a decent fix.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015

  • Chris Laughlin Jun 04, 2016

    Still a blessing after all this time, since the original post, for all owners of this unit! My repair was identical to Chuck's, and worked just the same....

  • Frederic Bien
    Frederic Bien Oct 29, 2016

    Chuck Schumacher, Thank You! Your detailed answer along with the other ones posted here have been a blessing and a joy. My repair was identical to yours. I lived for weeks with a broken door to my Frigidaire microwave, wondering if i should get a repairman or buy a new one... For less than $5 in screws, i was able to fix it.

    This bulletin board has re-established my faith in the great community of men and women. Thank you! ;-)

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The pop rivets work perfectly.

Ticks me off- I called the appliance co where I bought a kitchen full of appliances. They said they couldn't fix it. I was going to pay an $80 service call for 2 pop rivets!!!!
They said I just needed a new microwave. Unreal.

Thanks for the great advice.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

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    TERRI GREEN Nov 17, 2013

    THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A MANUFACTURE PROBLEM THAT FRIGIDAIRE SHOULD SERIOUSLY TAKE CARE OF. I ALSO HAVE THIS SAME ISSUE

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Thanks for a terrifically helpful thread! I had never used a pop rivet tool before, so I had to make a trip to the hardware store to get a kit ($13). Then I did one of the two rivets wrong so I had to drill it out and try again. But, the end result is fantastic. If you already have the tool, and do the rivets right on the first try, you could be done in 10 minutes.

Posted on Apr 09, 2016

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Thank you for the detailed explanations above! I fetched some small machine screws, washers and nuts. I unplugged the microwave. Covered the stove with a table cloth (so dropped screws wouldn't matter). Put a light but large object on top of the stove (empty bottle rack) to hold up the bottom cover. Unscrewed the three screws to let down the bottom cover. Popped off the little black plastic cover on the upper inside of the door near the hinge. That meant I could lift the door off the pins and place it carefully down. I waggled the loose hinge piece so that the top and bottom holes aligned. Did bottom hinge first, using the existing unused hole (clearly the designer knew it was a good idea and Fridgidaire cut production costs by a tiny margin by skipping it). Because the plate was lowered I could reach up and hold the nut with my pliers as I put the screw through. The top hinge hole I pulled forward with my fingers and tightened the screw into it without any back since it was unreachable. I reattached the three screws to hold up the bottom cover. And then got someone to hold a flashlight so as to see the tiny black pins. It took a couple/few tries to make sure they both actually are in the right holes and not just nearby. Then popped back on the tiny black plastic cover that prevents the pins from moving off. Shut the door. Plugged it back in and reset the clock. Turned it on! It worked!! Door is solid! Felt incredibly smug and joyous to have saved money and incredibly grateful to this site and all the folks above who shared your wisdom. You rock. :) Thanks! Sarah in Seattle

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