ApplianceGeneral Electric Microwave
Level of DifficultyEasy
Time to do repair30 - 60 mins
Age of Appliance5 - 10 years
I used the first installation instructions from the web and found it very helpful. However, I would edit it to include "unplug power cord to the microwave" although obvious, I removed the control panel cover and only when I saw all the wires did it dawn on me to unplug the unit. I followed the instructions,removed the unit with out problem. However, when I tried to remove the flat tape like wire connection (from the housing to the control panel) I had problems. I pulled on the flat connection tape and could not get it to disengage with the connector. After studying the connection I realized it had a plastic clip like housing which secured the flat wire tape to the female connector. In trying to "unclip" the plastic housing / fitting it broke. I proceeded with replacing the control panel, also cleaned the housing on the inside and realized the "window" of the display had a dirty film on it which I wiped off. The result was a much brighter display when the job was completed. Relative to the problematic wire tape connection, I inserted the tape into the connector which had a good friction fit, I inserted the top portion of the broken plastic retainer (the connecting ends had broken off). Although not perfect, the wire tape was secured. I reassembled the control panel, plugged in the power, reprogramed the date, time, etc. Final outcome it worked like new. I would say I spent as much time cleaning the inside of the microwave (behind the control panel), the panel housing as I did disassemble and reassemble the control panel. If I had no problems with the wire tape connection and did not do the cleaning, it would have taken approx. 10 min.