Door handle cracked and front door panel cracked

ApplianceKitchenAid Microwave

ModelKHMS145J

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

David From Medfield, MA

Sep 14, 2012

After removing the three screws from the outside edge of the door , use a flat blade screwdriver and you fingers to pry the base of the front plastic panel off the door. The cover is held in place with molded in plastic clips . If you are just trying to swap the handle, I'd suggest you buy a new plastic door panel as it's tough to remove without risking it cracking (sorry it is quite expensive...but MUCH cheaper than a new appliance). Once removed, the glass outer window has to be removed by gently prying back the plastic clips that hold the internal bezel that hold it in place. You'll have to take the screws out of the old handle and re-use them . I backed up my screws with penny washers to spread the force applied to the plastic panel...probably the cause of the cracking in the first place. On reassembling (the reversed of taking it to bit) make sure the glass is clean on the inside (no fingerprints) before you snap everything back together. I gave it a "bit difficult" because if you don't act with finesse, you'll crack bits that you don't want to crack!

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