How To Fix A Broken Door Catch On A Microwave Oven - Panasonic NN-A554W

by Jarvo J April. 09, 2013 56177 views

Thanks to the people at How To Mend It who had previously explained how to do this and saved me a lot of money: []

Prise the inner door trim away from the door. I started at the top and then worked around the outside using a couple of knives to do this. You can see on the table where I broke off one of the clips though ;-)

This pathetic little plastic hook is all that's meant to keep the spring in place.

You can see where the hook used to be.

The other end of the spring fits onto to little hook on the latch fitting.

Heat up a pointed metallic instrument. A bradawl or small screwdriver should do. I don't actually know what this is, I found it in Lin's sewing kit.

Use the hot tool to bore a small hole in the plastic casing.

Thread a cable tie through the hole.

Fit the spring onto the cable tie, pull it reasonably tight and trim the end. Ensure that the latch is properly in its holder (It should be, there's no need to take it out). Fix the other end of the spring to the latch. It should feel tight, but the door release mechanism should now work.

Replace the door trim and have a celebratory drink.

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Roy Elliott 4 years, 5 months ago

Jon you're a bloody hero , many thanks.

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Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 9 months ago

A handy person at home saves a lot of money.

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Stormfish 7 years, 9 months ago

wow. thanks a lot for the guide; now i am prepared for my micro wave door failure! :-)

(btw, i like this kind of picture/text guide... not an easy thing to make it a workable thing!)

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 7 years, 9 months ago

What patience you do have....................................a great result and so money saving....

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Marsha 7 years, 9 months ago

Nice captures of your work, Jon! Very nice job....and I bet Lin really appreciated :))

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jacki 7 years, 9 months ago

Ha ha... JR is out in the garage as I type replacing the power window mechanism on my car... like you, he figured saving $450 was worth his effort!

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Brian 7 years, 9 months ago

Pretty cool. Amazing what you can find out how to fix.

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 7 years, 9 months ago

#5 is a totally awesome shot.... love it...

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