ApplianceGeneral Electric Microwave
Level of DifficultyDifficult
Time to do repair30 - 60 mins
Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years
I have replaced Handles on GE Microwave ovens before. The previous two attempts were much easier because the screws that attach the handle are easily accessible without removing any other parts. On this Model the 4 screws that attach the handle have their heads hidden inside the door assembly. Although you might be able to replace the handle without removing the door, I would strongly advise against this. On my particular model the door was easy to remove; I did learn from some on-line videos that there is a more complex version, which is why I rated my experience as 'difficult' rather than 'very difficult'. So, if you cant immediately remove the old handle buy extracting visible screws, stop and remove the door assembly. Don't attempt to pry the handle off, you could easily damage the whole assembly. With the door off face down on your workbench, remove the plastic trim from the inside of the door frame using a putty knive. Be really careful, this is held in by a few plastic tabs on each edge, and they are very easy to break. At this point you may be luck to have revealed all the screws holding on the handle. Remove any that are visible. If you can't easily remove the handle now, you are going to have to remove the metal shield that surrounds the window. This is held in with screws and more lugs. You will then reveal the last two screws that hold the handle in place. If you cant remember how to put it all back, it was probably a project you shouldn't have attempted! Good luck, this is appliance designed in part to completely confound anyone who attempts to repair without some prior knowledge of the assembly. If I hadn't found a few tips on-line I'm sure I would have wreaked mine, and had to replace the whole door assembly for $200 instead of a $40 Handle.