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PartSelect Number PS752545
This part works with the following brands: GE, Hotpoint & Kenmore.
Broken plastic door handle... Getting to the two screws for the handle was tricky. Once you remove the four star screws on the inside of the door, identify the plastic frame around the microwave shield (this is on the inside of the door). Place putty knife between the protective screen and the plastic frame and pry frame away from the screen. The frame will start releasing as you go around. No need to completely remove the entire frame, only top, bottom and handle side. As you are prying the frame away, pay attention to the four plastic seals behind the screen. One or more may come lose but you only need to be put them back in place before reattaching. Unscrew the two screws that secure the handle, replace handle and put the screws back in. Make sure the seals are all in place and snap in the plastic frame. You should be good to go...New door handle $49.00, finding out how to get to the two fastening screws, a pain, money saved by doing this my-self, $150.00…..
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The hardest part was locating the part. GE told me that I had to change the entire door because they don't sell just the handle. Cost to replace door unit $189.00 plus labor. I finally located just the handle on PartsSelect.com for a cost of $49.00 plus shipping. I ordered the part on a Monday and it was at my door on Tuesday. They ship out of Jacksonville, FL and I only live 2.5 hours away so it was quick for them to deliver. To re-install the handle I removed the four screws inside each corner of the inside door. Next I used the putty knife to loosen the inside black plastic cover around the door (place putty knife between the white outside plastic and inside black plastic.) Make sure you do not break the plastic retaining tabs around the black lining. Once this cover is loose bend it back carefully just enough to gain access to the screws that are left behind by the old handle. (SAVE THOSE SCREWS!! The new handle comes without screws and if you throw away the old ones it is extremely difficult to find the exact size. Place the new plastic handle outside the door and line up the holes with the screw mount. Screw the old screws back into the handle one at a time until they are tight and won't turn anymore. They are self tapping screws so they will feel tight as you screw them in but keep screwing until they stop. Now to replace the inner lining be sure you replace the rubber along the edge of the door first. Then carefully snap all the plastic holders back around the entire door. Replace the four screws on the inside of the door and Presto you are done.! Good Luck
I read some of the other submissions and it was really helpful. The only confusing part was that I started to remove the white outer edge of the microwave and realized that the interior black trim was what I should have started with. Other than that it was pretty easy to install.
The box came on Wednesday, I handed it it the 4 teenage boys who were visiting and said go to it. They all looked and said let me do it and they arm wrestled to see who would get to do the job. The 3 losers stood around and watched. After fixing the microwave they all admired the work, left the tools and trash on the counter and walked away to play video games. My contribution was to clean up the 1 box of trash, not too bad. Worked beautifully for the Holiday and we are all back to normal!
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