Tightening the handle on an Electrolux built-in microwave

If you’ve got an Electrolux built-in microwave with the handle coming loose, or perhaps having even fallen off, it is not apparent how to fix it.  Hopefully you find this post and it saves you a huge amount of time.  My model EW30SO60QSA handle was about to fall off, and there is no obvious way to get to the screws holding it on.  I had found reference to other Electrolux owners having removed the glass panel from the front of the microwave door, so mistakenly assumed I needed to do the same.  It’s held on with adhesive, so it’s a big painful couple hours with a putty knife removing the adhesive to get the glass free.  I found out after the fact that this was not necessary.

The screws that hold the handle on are covered by a non-removable plastic back to the door; it gets snapped on after the glass has been stuck to the door and the handle screwed in.  You have to drill holes to get to the screw heads.  I didn’t know where exactly they were so cut away way too much material with a Dremel; hopefully this photo helps you know where to drill, just large enough to get the screwdriver through:

If you did already remove the glass, what you’ll need to reattach it is 3M VHB tape RP32 2″:  https://amzn.to/2XxzwcS

 

13 Replies to “Tightening the handle on an Electrolux built-in microwave”

  1. William ward

    I followed what you did but instead of using a Dremel I measured 3/4 inch down and a 1:2 in From side and used a 7/16 drill bit to drill a hole to reach the screws.

    It’s amazing that I was able to tighten the screws and fix the door

    Your YouTube video and pictures were perfect thank you so much for posting this and save me $800 to buy a new door

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  2. Zach

    Thanks for the tip! I had a #1 ph bit from a computer repair kit so I got away with a 3/8″ hole but probably could have done 1/4″ with a #2.

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  3. Philip Garlick

    Great help. Just used a small wood drill bit. The hole almost looks factory, so i didn’t bother to cover them. I actually removed the handle to tighten the ‘handle to mount’ allen key bolts. Between the two, the handle is now rock solid.

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  4. Chris Carroll

    I followed the above measurements carefully drilling at the same location…amd VOILA!
    Perfect! Slid a narrow philips head over the loose screws, and tightened the handle
    like new! There’s NO reason NOT to do this. The holes are barely visible, and not
    in an area that the microwave is open to.
    You guys rock! Thanks SO much

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