Question about Frigidaire PLMV169DC Microwave Oven
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.
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
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
Posted on Apr 16, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
Posted on Nov 11, 2016
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Hello Irfan, thank you for your post!
From the information you have provided the door on your Frigidaire microwave is sagging. Your door could be sagging due to the hinges or the door being damaged. I would check to make sure there is no visible damage. It is possible that the hinges and door may need to be replaced as well. To help avoid any unnecessary part purchases you may need to seek assistance from a professional technician for proper repairs. -Matt
I appreciate your post, Wayne!
From my understanding your Frigidaire microwave door is sagging and about to fall off. This could be an issue with your hinges or door. In order to check if you hinges are not damaged you may need to disassemble your microwave this is not a simple DIY job. I would highly recommend having a professional technician out to perform a proper diagnosis and repair. This will help you avoid personal injury, future problems, or unnecessary part purchases. I hope this information is helpful for you. -Matt
Hello Rick, thank you for your inquiry!
From my understanding you need to fix a door that is sagging on your Frigidaire microwave. Your door could be sagging due to the hinges or the door being damaged. I would check to make sure there is no visible damage. It is possible that the hinges and door may need to be replaced as well. To help avoid any unnecessary part purchases you may need to seek assistance from a professional technician for proper repairs. -Matt
Hey friend, thank you for the post!
I understand that your Frigidaire microwave door is sagging and your appliance is not working properly. You could need to a new door or hinges. These intricate parts do require precision and patience, therefore when replacing the exchange of such components or removing them from your appliance, I always suggest seeking professional assistance. One must be very careful as these replacements can lead to potential harm. -Chris
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