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PartSelect Number PS232149
Screws are NOT included. White in color.
This part works with the following brands: GE, Hotpoint & Kenmore.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Screws NOT included.
Screws are not included. Bisque in color.
First I removed two screws on the top front edge of the oven to remove the vent panel above the door. With the vent panel removed, the door lifts up off the hinges and can be removed. Next I had to take the black plastic trim from around the window on the inside. On the short sides, it had tabs that snap into the door and these could be pried out with a thin putty knife without damage, but on the long side near the center of the panel there is a row of thin 1/2" long tabs with hooks on the ends that snap into the door, even after I saw how these snapped in, it is still almost impossible to get them loose without breaking them, I ended up breaking most of them, but fortunately, the tabs on the short end hold the panel in place well even without the other tabs. I then removed 6 small screws holding the window assembly into the door, this is also held in by plastic tabs that have to be pried away to get the window assembly out of the door, I started on a corner prying away two sides at once and got it out without damage. Then it was a matter of removing the screws and the broken parts of the handle and screwing the new handle on, snapping the window assembly back into the door and installing the 6 screws and snapping the black trim back around the window. Reinstall the door and grill above the door and I was done.
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Actually, the procedure is very straight forward. Take off top facia vent, (this will give you better door revoval clearance. Two scews on top) Open door 90 Degrees and lift door straight up and off the stems.The removal of the plastic shield on inside of door is easy, use caution not to break plastic tangs. The steel insert is a little tricky . There are small phillip head screws,(6) that need to come out after you again carefully remove the steel frame. There are a couple of ways to remove. I used wooden paint paddles to make opening large enough to release the plastic clips. Also once the clips are starting to spread, break off a piece of paddle to keep a small distance open as you go down line.The plastic latch pawl is very easy. Watch the position of spring attachment. Have fun, Use Diagram to orient your progress. Don't be dissappointed if you break a few plastic tangs. GE micro handles are notorious to break off.
It was a relatively easy job. I visited an appliance repair site on the internet with the model number and printed step by step directions on how to do the job. I studied the directions thoroughly. I first removed the upper outside vent cover by removing the two screws. I then removed the door by gently inserted a putty knife between the outer and inner door lining. I gently slide the knife across the top, then bottom, and the door separated with the plastic insert. I removed the screws from the inner bracket, gently released the inner bracket using a small flat head screwdriver. I then removed the screws holding the door handle and installed the new handle. I snapped everything in place, returned the screws to their original locations. Put the plastic liner back in along with the outer door cover. The rest is history. Was a breeze.
Carefully remove inner 2 plastic frames by removing phillips screws and sliding butter knife around frame to release plastic clips
after reading online about others experiences sparceinfo I ordered a door handle. after taking off the inner door frame (I was warned to be careful so as not to break off the clips that attach it) and breaking off most of the clips I had access to the top screw of the handle but not the bottom screw which is behind the center piece of the door. Typically you should be able to access this by prying open this center piece which is held together by some white clamps much more sturdy than the back ones on the first piece removed. Well just my luck the male tip of the bottom part of the handle was broken off within the frame of the door, and I could not access the screw the normal way, I had to get creative I have owned a dremel for many years not appreciating there utility until I began a car restoration project. Long story short I had to drill out the plastic male tip to remove the screw and the handle.After this a good hour of patiently drilling, I cleaned up the mess and ordered another inner part so that all my effort would not appear half-a__. That was friday the part arrived monday I cleaned things up nicely and things went together rather easily. Don't forget all the screws in your haste to put it all back together. Personally I think even if you broke most of the black clamps off the door would come together without any problems, I ordered another because I wanted this expensive dinosaur to be good as new. If you have patience and can do without your microwave for a couple of days if need be go for it. Or just get a new door for under $200. Just don't ask me how to install it!
The handle could only be removed from inside the door of the microwave. The manufacturer placed a cover over the area which had to be removed. It looked like they never had intended for this to be removed as little black plastic pieces broke off when the cover was snapped off with the screwdriver. Next, there was more window-frame parts underneath making it impossible to reach the screws to remove the old broken handle and screw on the new one. That had to be pried away as well. Again, it looks like the manufacturer NEVER intended for these frames to come off. The job eventually got done with some minor cracks and small broken pieces to these frames but all is put back together with cussing and fuming from my husband.
Look carefully at the blow up of the inner ring or you could break the tabs tryig to get it out. I missed seeing the tabs on that blow up and I broke many of the tabs on the inner ring. I assumed they were on the outer rim of that ring when in fact they were on the inner edge. Fortunately there were enough locking tabls left to reuse that part. I hope the new design of your door handles strengthens the bottom attachment as it is the weaker of the two attachment points and yet it gets the most force as most people will pull down on the over head handle rather than straight out.
Remove upper vent (2 screws) lift up on door after opening. Door will come off pretty easily. Slide putty knife between parts and remove. Take out screws and replace handle with the original screws. Reverse procedure rehang door and become a hero to the bride. Don't worry about the snapped off tabs. There will be enough of them left to hold everything together.
Parts select made the ordering very easy and the exact part arrived shortly after ordering. I would suggest following ALL the suggestions to a tee that others have written in. Removing the entire door (a suggestion) was definitely a good idea. I had to do some 'extra' rigging because one of the plastic screws was also broken and that is actually part of the door..........and I would have to replace the entire door ($$$).......didn't want to do that. "DO" be careful when removing the little clips....that is a little tricky but do-able......IF you take your time. THANKS for all the other people before me that wrote in their hints...I did listen to my wife and read them all before I started. Good luck.
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