Hey; I have a couple-year-old Sharp Carousel R1480 microwave. Yesterday the
door wouldn't latch (closed), so the interior light stays on, and of course,
I can't use the oven. Anyone know if this is a simple repair? Anything I can
try (like sticking something into the hinge receptacle openings to trigger
something)? I didn't see any easy way of opening the thing up to look at the
latching mechanism inside the main unit. By the way, it's an over-the-range
type; not a standalone. Any help here? Thanks.
Can't see it from here so no miracle cures. See if anything is sticking,
like the catch that holds the door closed. It may have pushed down and
stayed. Could be a broken spring, could be some gunk go into it. Could be
the lever you push to open the door did not return. Could be the part on
the door that hold it is broken.
Two years old? Is it still under warrantee?
Sorry to hear it is an over the range type, I was going to suggest just
dumping it and getting a new one. Those over the stove things are a little
pricey, especially when you add in the instillation.
This is a tough one to diagnose without seeing the problem.
Before you spend any money, I would just pull out all the stops and
fiddle with it and hope for the best. If you can't use it, than the
situation can get much worse.
It terrible how one little plastic piece can make the whole machine
really go kaput.
Keep us posted on your progress.
OK, I figured out how to open the thing up, and saw nothing
broken/disconnected inside the main unit (not the door) where the door
latches. So I noticed the two latches on the door swing up/down freely, with
no spring action. So I conclude there should be spring tension inside the
door, to force the latches back down and clamp onto the catches inside the
So I finally get the inside panel off the door, and yep, there's a small
spring just sitting in the chamber at the bottom of the chamber where the
latch rod is. Just as you said(!), one little broken plastic piece gave way
(the one that held one end of the spring in place, attached to the body of
the door), rendering the microwave unusable. I tried epoxying the piece
back, but there was too little surface area to hold. So I pulled out my
epoxy putty, created my own little "plastic piece" (trying to match the
shape of the broken off piece as closely as possible), and stuck it in
place. I'm waiting right now for the putty to set up; it should be like
steel in a few minutes. If so, I should be able to reattach the spring.
Fixed. That epoxy putty is really handy. I ended up using a small mound of
it as a "base" for the broken-off piece of plastic to adhere to. Molded the
putty in place, pressed the plastic hook piece into the putty, waited an
hour, and it was hard as a rock. Reassembled the spring apparatus, and it's
holding fine. Saved me from having to buy a new door ($150 online!) just for
the stupid molded-into-the-door plastic spring hook. Thanks for all the kind
thoughts and ideas.
I am SO grateful for your information about the spring in the door to a
Sharp microwave! Armed with
this info I pried my door open and, sure enough, I had a spring just
hanging loose after a few pieces of
broken plastic fell out. I don't know anything about epoxy and I didn't
think I would be able to put it all
together in working order anyway, so I came up with another solution: a
zip tie from the hardware
store. I looped it around one of the metal \"teeth\" in the door, then up
to the spring (at an angle), and
zipped the 2 ends together to form a closed loop with appropriate tension.
So far, so good!
On Wed, 09 Feb 2011 01:01:20 +0000,
gtilley_at_hvc_dot_rr_dot firstname.lastname@example.org (Ge0rge) wrote:
Good because you absolutely don't want an to trick the microwave into
running when the door is not shut all the way. It will boil the water
in your eyeballs. Even when the door is slightly damaged. Radio
Shack used to sell cheap microwave detectors, but they worked (My
first microwave, Amana Model 2) had no latch, maybe a spring iirc, so
I could pull the door open a trifle and see the reading on the
detector start to climb, from zero. With later models, it's harder to
test forced leakage.
I had a problem like this once when I was visiting someone. But the
broken part was not on the latch, but the other end of the spring. I
found a piece of wire in their basement and used it to attach the
spring about 3 inches further down the door, inside, where there was a
good place to attach. This was an over the range oven, so even more
trouble and money to replace if they had had to. I was a very
welcome guest after that.
I stumbled on this site for the same issue with older Sharp microwave. After
reading about the door spring, it was a quick and easy fix. Just pry at the
plastic around the sliding latch and it'll pop out. Like others described, the
bottom piece of plastic broke that held the spring. I had an old spring lying
around that I doubled up with the existing spring so it could attach at a lower
fixed spot. It's fully functional again. Thanks for the info!
In alt.home.repair, on Sun, 06 Sep 2015 04:44:01 +0000, bc
I had invited myself to stay with friends in Staten Island 10 or 15
years ago, and one is supposed to bring a hostess gitt, but I'm not very
good at that. They both went to work in the morning. Laura or Mike
had mentioned that the latch on the built in microwave didn't latch, so
without asking them, I took the door apart and the little plastic peg
one end of the spring was attached to had broken. I used a wire tie I
found in their drawer, and tied the spring to something farther down,
using the length of the wire to make up the difference. it was looped
twice so it was four strands strong.
Boy were they surprised when they got home and the microwave worked. A
lot better than most hostess gifts.
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