The microwave door panel (trim) broke.

ApplianceGeneral Electric Microwave

ModelJVM1640CJ01

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Sandeep From fremont, CA

Jan 12, 2009

10 out of 11 people found this instruction helpful

This is a over-range microwave. Due to heat the door panel and the guides which keep the inner glass just broke/ disintegrated. The steps to repair were as follows:
1. Remove the existing door from the microwave
2. Remove the outer glass door.
3. Carefully remove the inner door assembly and the choke cover.
4. Fit the outer glass in the panel
5. Add the Latch, fit the main door assembly
6. Add the inner choke.
7. Fit the microwave door in place again

1 was really simple. Needed to remove the vent grill at the top before removing the door. The screws were at the top. Please be careful with the tabs on the grill at the bottom of the grill.
2. The glass was simple to remove as the panel was broken.
3. Removed the inner choke and latch before the main door assmbly could be removed. Used a butter knife to remove the inner choke. One advice is not to pull at any of the assembly. Just work at it in circles. It gets easier as more and more tabs get free. In short patience and light force.
4. Fitting the glass on new panel was the difficult part of the project. There is no way to slide the glass in all the notches. You have to kind of pull the trim to fit all around the glass (it is a bit elastic). Be careful with the force you use. Keeping going at it in circles. Everything does not need to be in its final position in the first go. The glass was sticking out in the notch where the latch goes. I pulled at the trim and pressed with light force all around till the glass went in completely.
After this it was a piece of cake. Forgot to screw in the latch so had to take the inner choke off again. Luckily I had not pushed it all the way in.
At the end I felt there was a slight bulge along the door top. I thought I needed to press the trim to fit in more with the glass. Nobody else saw it so maybe I was imagining it.
Great site. The experiences helped in giving confidence. DIY brought down the repair cost by 1/3rd; just $50 and good experience which makes it priceless.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Door Panel - Bisque (Now subbed to Exterior Door Panel - Almond)

Part Number: PS1016624

$44.20
In Stock