Handle Came Off Microwave Door

ApplianceGeneral Electric Microwave


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Kerry From Palatine, IL

Dec 28, 2008

12 out of 14 people found this instruction helpful

1) Using two flat bladed screw drivers, gently pry between the plastic door inside-face-plate and the plastic door frame to release plastic retention clips. Start on the bottom edge closest to the handle and work towards the hinge end. Next unhook the handle side, then the top edge. Unhook the hinge side last. When the last hook is released, the inside face plate will be free.

2) Use a small phillips screw driver to remove the slotted metal door cover. This will expose the two bolts which hold the top and bottom ends of the handle to the door. Note that it is particularly helpful if you have a MAGNETIZED screw driver for this step and for the re-installation step.

3) Unscrew the two bolts holding the top and bottom of the handle. KEEP THESE BOLTS - the new handle does NOT come with new bolts.

4) Attach the new handle using the two bolts. On the handle I installed, it was necessary to apply unusually high torque in order to fully seat the handle. If I hadn't done this the handle would have felt slightly loose each time I pulled the door open.

5) Replace the slotted metal door cover.

6) Snap the inside face plate back into place starting with the hinge side first.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Door Handle

Part Number: PS232150

In Stock