My built in microwave suffered a broken handle and I ask the folks here how
to replace it. I cannot figure out by my eye how to disassemble the door
enough (or at all for that matter) to get at the screws holding the handle
GE Model number JVM140K04
I have found this part on line and have seen a diagram, but alas it is not
obvious enough from that for me. Any help here would be greatly
We thought about that, then we stopped thinking that way pretty quickly; the
rest of the unit is fine. This is a rather large mounted unit and the
handle is a $30 part. If it was a $150 counter top model then yeah perhaps.
Perspective appreciated tho.
Thanks Jerry - I was going for the wrong trim, aiming for the edge trim.
Your clue was helpful. Thanks to Jeff for this photo that clinched it:
This is what I did:
It turned out to be a pry thing. Open the door and look at it from the back
side, the side that faces the microwave unit when it is closed. Now, that
piece of plastic that goes all the way around the window portion and faces
the door rear is what pries out, not the window and not any piece that is on
any side of the door. Take a thin putty knife and carefully jam it in
between the very top molding and this plastic piece, about 1/3 of the way
from the left top corner. Press it in about a half inch or an inch or so.
Then raise the knife handle so you are actually pushing down on one of the
clip tabs that snaps this piece into place. With the right touch it will
begin to pop out when that clip is pushed down a bit. Then work your way
around until enough of it is off so you can get to the handle screws.
The screws that hold the handle in place screw into a post molded into the
handle which sticks into the exterior door frame for stabilization. My
problem was that the bottom post had broken off with the screw. Lucky for
me it was the bottom one as the screw hole extends further into the door
handle, allowing me to just find a longer sheet metal screw of the same
thread diameter in my left over screw bin and use it in place of the
screw/post that broke off. If it was the top screw I would have been out of
luck as where that post would have broken off has no depth. I used an
appropriate sized washer with the screw so it did not pull through. Once I
tightened it up real well it seems just fine. When I was done the plastic
piece just snapped back into place and looks like I never did anything
because I was careful in the prying. Easy as cake once one knows the pry
Total cost: $zero.
Hope this helps someone.
Microwave door handle assembly, black, with screws (2)
This -should- help to access the handle screws.....
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