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PartSelect Number PS237836
This part works with the following brands: GE, Hotpoint & Kenmore.
Pulled micro off the wall, took side/top cover off to get at the cooling fan behind the control panel. Unplugged wires and removed control panel to ease the removal of the cooling fan. Two screws hold the fan. Pretty easy job.
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This particular microwave is the over the range type, with an exhaust fan at the top and charcoal filters over the stove. Then to the side is the control panel for the microwave oven. You have to get into this to get to the fan. To do this, you have to take off the vent trim at the top of the microwave. Two screws. Open the front door and gently wiggle once the screws are out. Care must be taken with this because over time the channels that the screws go in can break, and then once that happens there's nothing to hold the vent into the oven. (I've replaced this once when both screw openings simply crumbled). Once it's off, there is a screw under it at the top of the control panel that needs to come out. There's another screw at the bottom of the control panel. Then, you slide the panel up about a half inch and then you can pull it out. After that, you can see the fan in there. There are two screws holding it in and a bunch of wires all around it. Pull out the multipin connector on the fan. There is a second plug-in wire that you may need to use pliers to get a grip on it. Pulling out a couple other nearby wire connectors will help loosen it all up so that you can move the wiring harness out of the way and tilt the fan out and remove it. Looking at the old fan, the bearings were tight and worn out, and that was the problem. It's not a particularly well made fan. Very simple open-frame motor with moving parts exposed, so it probably through the years ingested oil vapor from cooking, etc. Tilt the new fan into position, put the two screws back in and re-insert the wire connectors. Then all you need to do once all the wiring is neatly dressed again is put the panel back on, the two screws top and bottom, and lastly reinstalling the long vent at the top, (two long screws). Do that, and you're done. The microwave sounds fine now and works great.
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