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
Great information thank you. Did you do anything to patch up the hole you made?
Gaffers tape :-)
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
Awesome, glad it was helpful!
Can you please help with the video link and the steps?
I have a similar issue, but the handle came off and the screws dropped inside the panel.
Appreciate your help.
Thanks so much. Your directions worked perfectly!
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.
Yes I have the exact same model Electrolux micro wave with a loose handle model EW30S060QSA or last is B may 2016
You guys are AMAZING! Thanks so much! Had the same problem…repaired in in 5 minutes! Happy New Year!
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.
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
worked PERFECTLY! Thanks SO much!
Thanks so much. 3/8 bit, center to center for me was 5/8 down x 3/8 from side
Thanks for the information. Just got it done. All u need is 5/32 bit, 5/8 down x 1/2 from side.
Thanks for getting this figured out peeps. There’s probably many others having this ridiculous issue that they appear to have corrected on the newer model that now has a little square on each corner that you can pry up to tighten the screws. Obviously someone with no aptitude made this without a way to fix it; maybe just to force people to have to pay Electrolux $800-$900 for a new door because of a loose screw – really.
Drilled with a 3/8″ bit, 5/8″ down and 1/2″ from the side and saved my hard-earned money.