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Life in an RV. So I need to order a new control panel (mother board), but that part and model of microwave is out of date. So, I got to buy a new Microwave, same size, etc. BUT, I cannot get this one out. It is held on the wall with a standard mounting bracket, but as most of you know, you generally have to tip the microwave at a moderate angel to detach it from the bracket. So there i no room ABOVE the appliance to do so and the molding is one piece.

Would love any ideas how to get the damn thing out.

 

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2 hours ago, Tim and Peggy said:

which that was the case but mine (apparently) has two screws from the top. see picture below.

 

no easy way to get to it. Remove molding to try and gain access to top of screw to remove. Seems daunting at least.

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This is how ours was installed. The room across the top was removed and screws were driven at an angle through the frame of the micro into the cabinet framing above.

Re the mother board.. Have you looked into rebuilt boards? That's how I fixed ours. There were multiple sites that had rebuilt boards. I picked the lowest price one that sounded legit. The first board had a stem problem, but the board worked. They shipped out another board pronto and the unit is still working. Jay

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20 minutes ago, Jaydrvr said:

This is how ours was installed. The room across the top was removed and screws were driven at an angle through the frame of the micro into the cabinet framing above.

Re the mother board.. Have you looked into rebuilt boards? That's how I fixed ours. There were multiple sites that had rebuilt boards. I picked the lowest price one that sounded legit. The first board had a stem problem, but the board worked. They shipped out another board pronto and the unit is still working. Jay

I have tried several website searches and no luck yet. The model has been discontinued and will keep looking. So are you agreeing with me that it will be a major undertaking to get access to the screws/bolts? I pulled slide in and the area where the bolts must be is covered with rubber membrane for the slide roof.

Thanks. Love the graphic, will have to look for it, very cool.

 

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18 minutes ago, Tim and Peggy said:

I have tried several website searches and no luck yet. The model has been discontinued and will keep looking. So are you agreeing with me that it will be a major undertaking to get access to the screws/bolts? I pulled slide in and the area where the bolts must be is covered with rubber membrane for the slide roof.

Thanks. Love the graphic, will have to look for it, very cool.

 

How old is your unit? Ours is the original Camco/GE in our 2011 Newmar and long since discontinued. There were no other units I could find that would fit properly and look like the original install, so I really wanted to fix the one we had. Yours looks like a challenging situation and one where I would definitely prefer to fix it, rather than demolishing the entire slide to get to it. Good luck, Jay.

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I can't tell from the photo, but are there some small screws through the top edge of the unit into the filler piece above it? If so, I wonder if removing them would allow the filler to be removed for access to the mounting bolts.

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15 minutes ago, Jaydrvr said:

How old is your unit? Ours is the original Camco/GE in our 2011 Newmar and long since discontinued. There were no other units I could find that would fit properly and look like the original install, so I really wanted to fix the one we had. Yours looks like a challenging situation and one where I would definitely prefer to fix it, rather than demolishing the entire slide to get to it. Good luck, Jay.

2016 Thor Tuscany

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14 minutes ago, Tim and Peggy said:

2016 Thor Tuscany

You might try repairclinic.com. Also, this is a search for panels.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en-US&source=android-browser&q=rebuilt+appliance+control+boards&oq=appliance+rebu&aqs=heirloom-srp.4.0l5

I'm sure you probably have seen these. Jay

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3 hours ago, Tim and Peggy said:

which that was the case but mine (apparently) has two screws from the top. see picture below.

 

no easy way to get to it. Remove molding to try and gain access to top of screw to remove. Seems daunting at least.

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At this point, I'd be looking at breaking the spring clip holding the nut against the top of the micro. Assuming that you can see both screws.

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3 minutes ago, Darryl&Rita said:

At this point, I'd be looking at breaking the spring clip holding the nut against the top of the micro. Assuming that you can see both screws.

IF I can do that and it releases the unit, what about the installation of the new one which surely depends on bolts from the top. Right? Anyway to talk by phone?

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1 hour ago, Tim and Peggy said:

IF I can do that and it releases the unit, what about the installation of the new one which surely depends on bolts from the top. Right? Anyway to talk by phone?

Reuse the trapped bolts. Pull the nuts off, inside the microwave, instead of threading the bolts out externally.

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18 minutes ago, Darryl&Rita said:

success, sort of

So attached is a measure of success. I pulled the filler strip out (carefully) and guess what, the bolts that I thought were holding the microwave to the roof or frame are holding the bracket to the microwave. As you can see, there our three bolts on the right side that hold the bracket to the side wall and one on the left side.

Wife says, now hire someone to come take it out and install the new one. I don;t have the right tools to reach in a small space only 2 inches high and the damn bolts are about 8 inches inside. My fat hands cannot get in with enough strength/torque to loosen...let alone re-attach. 

So at least we know it can/will be done. Going to the floor of the Gran Canyon tomorrow and will have someone come over on Tuesday, hopefully to "finish."

 

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