Door handle separated from front panel

ApplianceKitchenAid Microwave


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Screw drivers

Floyd From Coral Springs, FL

Dec 19, 2013

The front panel is held in place by 3 screws on the right edge of the door. Remove the screws then carefully pry off the front panel from the door. This takes some doing so as not to put too much stress on the door itself as you pry the panel off. The back of the panel is snapped into the door so it isn't easy to pry off. Once you have loosened the panel be careful that the glass window and its frame behind the panel does not fall out and crash to the floor. Once the panel is removed and the glass window and frame are safe, you will see 2 self tapping screws on the back of the front panel that holds the door handle to the front panel. I ordered 2 new screws but they were machine screws, not self tapping. Make sure you keep the old screws! Screwing in the self tapping screws to the new handle was not easy. Be sure you have the proper size screw driver so as not to strip the heads. It takes a lot of pressure to get the screws all the way into the handle. Make sure the glass panel and frame are set in properly than push the frame on to the door so it snaps in all the way around. I worked from left to right as I tapped the panel in place. Once it's in place and the screw holes on the panel and door frame line up replace the 3 screws and you're done.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability


Part Number: PS373769

In Stock

Door Handle

Part Number: PS390102

No Longer Available

Door Panel

Part Number: PS650666

In Stock