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Microwave Door Won't Open

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Microwave door won't open are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Open Lever

Inspect the open lever for damage. If the open lever is broken or damaged, replace it.

Door Spring

Inspect the door spring for damage. If the door spring is broken, replace it.

Door Latch

Inspect the door latch for damage. If the door latch is broken, replace it.

Door Hook

The door hook engages with the door latch to keep the door closed during operation. Since the door hook is made of plastic, it can break due to regular wear. If the door hook is broken, it won?t release the door properly, preventing the door from opening. If the door hook is broken, replace it.

Microwave Turns on by Itself

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Microwave turns on by itself are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Door Switch

A door switch might be failing intermittently. Check each of the door switches for signs of overheating, arcing, or burning. If you don?t see any obvious signs of failure, use a multimeter to test each switch for continuity. If any of the switches is visibly damaged or only has intermittent continuity, replace it.

Main Control Board

First, make sure that the touchpad is working properly. If the touchpad is working properly, the main control board is likely at fault. If the control board is defective, replace it.

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