Adjusting Microwave Door Hinges?

July 23, 2020

I have a Kenmore Elite microwave-convection oven combo, model# 790.48903000. The hinges are on the bottom and the latches are on the top. The left latch suddenly will not line up into the hole it's supposed to fit. The door will not close because of it. The right latch still lines up fine as far as I can tell.


With the door resting fully open, there are four hinges holding the door onto the microwave. A "huge" inner hinge and a smaller outer hinge on each side.

The small hinge on the left side clearly slides around when/if you start to close the door. There is no movement that I can see on the right hinges at all. (It doesn't mean they might not be, just I don't see it.)

If I can access/fix (?) the small loose hinge on the left, the door can be aligned correctly (???) I'm guessing?

Please how do I get to the hinge on the bottom left? Do I try and get parts now (broken hinge?) or its just loose? Can a raw beginner do this... (:::z

Thank you for your patience & help.


July 24, 20200 found this helpful
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You should check the screws on the door hinges to make sure they really tight and screwed in. If they are and you aren't finding any that are broken then you may need to buy a new door for the microwave. This item is considered a throw-away item these days because of the value they are so cheap to replace. Most companies do not sell replacement parts for these machines now and it is hard to find one. If you know of anyone who has thrown one away it might be possible to remove their door and check the hinges. If now you will need to take the screws off from your door and check your hinges to make sure one is not broken or missing one of the screws. After a time the screws can come to look or even rusted and this will cause the problems you are seeing now.

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July 30, 20200 found this helpful
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This can get very complicated and probably best if you can take it to your local Sears Service Center for help with this problem. Please remove glass tray if you take your machine anywhere.

You should call first to see if they are open and if you need to make an appointment.
I have had very good luck with getting minors repairs done while I waited and only a small charge. Hope this happens to you.
Their repair service will not be anymore expensive than another shop and they will have the correct parts if any are needed.
You can always decide if the cost is too much and return home and look for videos.

Just do not leave your machine with a paper showing cost of service and when to pick it up.

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March 3, 2009

Does anyone know how to adjust the door hinges on a Frigidaire Microwave oven Mod# FMV156DB,DS,DQ,Em. The oven doesn't work unless I raise the door manually once its closed.

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful
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The only safe answer is to take the oven to a shop that repairs these ovens. If the door is crooked enough that it's not engaging the interlock properly when shut, you likely have a microwave leak too. Nuke the food, not your face.

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August 25, 20100 found this helpful
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My microwave oven only works if I push the door up 1/2 millimeter. Packaging tape across the gap holds the door in the "sweet spot". This is certainly due to a loose or defective latch sensor, not the door. One of two switches may be bad - same part number: 5304440026, which is an Omron "D3V-16G-3C25" micro switch. The Panasonic substitute is J61414T00AP. Also see: for prices and vendors.

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Is there any way to adjust a microwave door to keep it from swinging shut once it's open? It's an Electrolux over the range microwave oven.


May 6, 20180 found this helpful

Have you checked to see if it is setting level? That is often the case with a refrigerator door that will not stay open.

  • Since it is an over the range unit I would think you could check from the inside as it may be "leaning" to the back (front slightly higher) so the door cannot stay open.
  • There should be some sort of adjustment screws on the frame that holds the unit.
  • If this is a new unit then whoever installed it should be called to fix it.
  • If this is not the case, you could try calling your local Sears Repair Service and ask what could be the problem. (The unit did not have to have been purchased from Sears.)
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May 6, 20180 found this helpful

Is this something recently that is happening, or it's always happened?I wonder if the latch is broken.

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May 6, 20180 found this helpful

It sounds like you need new springs

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May 7, 20180 found this helpful

You might need a new door latch assembly

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May 7, 20180 found this helpful

I have the same problem with my front-loading washing machine, and it certainly is a nuisance when putting clothes in or taking them out. Sometimes it's just the nature of the appliance or built that way to conserve energy (closed door = internal light turns off). My solution was to attach a bungee cord (dirt cheap at the dollar store) to the cupboard beside the washer and just hook the loose end to the door when I need it to stay open for a few minutes: easy to attach / detach, easily removable - entirely - when not needed (it is a bit unsightly).

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May 9, 20180 found this helpful

it sounds like this is how the appliance is set to operate. Sounds to me like the door latch is not an issue because if it were you would not be able to CLOSE the door and cook your food.

It is possible that you could somehow adjust the springs as someone said. In any event here's an instruction manual on how to adjust/fix the door

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