How to Repair a Door Latch on an Electrolux Microwave Oven

The latch on your Electrolux microwave oven not only holds the door to the microwave closed, but it depresses a switch inside the oven that allows the microwave to operate.
Should any piece of this latch break, the microwave will not turn on and cook your food. This inexpensive plastic latch can render even the most expensive microwave useless. Rather than attempt to replace the entire microwave door, repair it by replacing the door latch.

Step 1

Unplug your Electrolux microwave oven from the wall outlet or turn off the circuit breaker that supplies electricity to the microwave.

Step 2

Insert a small flat-head screwdriver in the seam between the choke cover on the inside of the microwave door and the exterior door frame assembly. The plastic choke collar attaches to the frame with hidden clips. It covers the interior door panel assembly and the front door glass. Carefully pry the choke cover from the door frame to expose the interior door panel assembly and door latch.

Step 3

Unclip the interior door panel from the exterior door frame using the small screwdriver. The interior panel will swing away from the exterior frame. Both the door frame and interior panel will remain connected to the door hinge. Swinging the interior panel from the frame also exposes the door latch attached to the end of the interior panel.

Step 4

Remove the latch spring from the hook on the center of the original latch. Leave the opposite end of the spring attached to the interior panel.

Step 5

Lift the latch from the brackets attached to the panel. Insert the new Electrolux microwave latch into the brackets. Attach the spring to the hook in the center of the latch.

Step 6

Snap the interior microwave door panel into the door frame. Position the plastic choke collar over the interior panel and snap it into the frame.

Step 7

Plug your Electrolux microwave oven into the wall outlet or turn on the microwave circuit breaker.

Things You Will Need

  • Small flat-head screwdriver
  • Replacement door latch

About the Author

Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.