How to Take Apart Microwave Ovens

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Microwave ovens are helpful tools to prepare meals in a hurry. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Despite their capabilities, there are times when a microwave needs repair. When repairing a microwave oven, the first step you should take is the removal of the exterior of the oven. Here are some simple steps to take apart a microwave oven.

Things You'll Need

  • Microwave Oven
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Alligator Clips

Taking Apart Microwave Oven

  • Unplug microwave oven.

  • Remove the glass plate from inside of the microwave.

  • Using the screwdriver, unscrew the frame of the microwave oven. The frame is what encases the microwave oven.

  • Remove the frame from the microwave oven. After the frame is removed, the rest of the microwave oven will be easier to take apart.

  • Unscrew the back wall of the microwave oven.

  • Remove the back wall from the microwave oven, using the pliers.

  • Deactivate the capacitor. The capacitor helps the microwave function properly and efficiently. It is located next to the transformer, which is a large metal box. Be extremely careful. Hold the capacitor with alligator clips, which you can get at a hardware store. Very carefully and slowly touch the terminals on the capacitor. You should hear a loud noise, indicating that it is deactivated.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you unplug the microwave to avoid potential electric shock. Discharge the capacitor very carefully.

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