Question about Sharp R-1480 Microwave Oven
Sharp Carousel Model R 1480 door latch stopped working door won t stay closed. Is it just a spring that won't force the two latch hooks to stay in place?
Normally the problem is not the spring, but a broken spring mounting tab on the door latch head (hook) assembly or the inner door panel.
If it's the door panel, it's usually easier and cheaper to use epoxy and some kind of hardware to fashion a new spring mount.
The door latch head (hook) is easy to replace or repair if that's the issue.
We have *critical* safety & disassembly info at our site, linked here: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk
We also have this full service manual at our site: http://www.microwavedisplay.com/R1480_R1481_R1482_sm.pdf
Normally you have to separate the door panels (as shown in the attached photo) and then you'll see the screws you need to remove.
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Posted on Apr 18, 2008
Solution #2 worked PERFECT. It was much easier in the end than I thought. The plastic spring holder on the door body snapped. I simply opened the circular end of the spring a bit so it works like a hook, and attached it to the metal frame of the door by he window... works like a charm, and no chance of breakage moving forward. Just saved $200- NICE. Thanks to all for the help with this, and if you have the same problem- BE BRAVE and fix this- it's easier than you think.
Posted on May 10, 2010
Thanks to all who posted this info. I used the instructions above to take apart my microwave over door and found several pieces of broken plastic which were used to secure the latch spring. I found one of these common plastic micro hooks(see link below) worked well as a replacement. Just add a bit of monkey glue to secure the hook to the door.
Posted on Sep 18, 2011
Microwavesvc, that's what I've had happen with my sharp also, I carved a hook out of a piece of plastic and then epoxied it in, and haven't had any more problems with that.
Another problem I've had with the sharp (that just reoccured, I'm trying to figure it out) is that the micro-switches that the door latch push have gone bad. Originally just one went bad and I replaced it, now the micro has the light and fan on, and won't recognize being closed...
Posted on Jun 11, 2008
I have also fixed this issue in same manner..just hang the spring to the metal body.. that will work without any worry.
Posted on Nov 12, 2014
Unplug the microwave, remove the screws from the top section where the air blows out (the hood). You will then see the screw that holds the control panel in place. Remove the control panel by lifting it straight up while wiggling it. Mine was sort of stuck in place from old gunk and stuff, but after wiggling back and forth it did come out. You will see a white plastic piece that opened the microwave door inside the bottom that is probably broken. I used gorilla glue to fix mine. I gave it a full day to dry before replacing the plastic piece. I also had to open the MW door by sliding a putty knife up to release the latch in order to replace the piece of plastic. By the way, the microwave did not work until this pirce of plastic was reinstalled. Good luck!
Posted on Apr 10, 2012
Sharp R1850 convection. The door would not release, replaced part number 947069 Open Leaver p/n 947069 and it worked fine. Now the unit will not heat anything and the light inside is not on. Could this be a fuse and where is it located or what??? Any experience
Posted on Dec 25, 2009
Same problem came out one morning and the door was ajar and the light was on. removed plastic inner door panel carefully with a flat screwdriver and there was the spring retainer laying in the door bottom. i could see where it was affixed so i used locktite super glue and set it then reinforced it with water weld by j-b weld and puttied that around it entirely. works like new!
Posted on Sep 14, 2008
Had our r-1505 unit door quit closing as well. Once I figured how to get inside the door I found the little plastic part had broken off the plastic door body. Considered gluing it but seemed I'd be hoping too much. Found some 1/8 thick plastic put a small screw into it, cut it small enough to fit the area, little super glue. Now it is better than it was new.
Posted on Nov 03, 2011
Sue, bless you .... thank you so much! Fishing line did the trick and it's really strong. First time the spring was a bit too loose to my liking, but the second time I shortened it and it did the trick. Such a wonderfully simple easy idea!
Posted on Oct 27, 2008
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