Your Viking microwave is obviously one of the most convenient appliances in your kitchen.
This appliance seamlessly saves you time and effort when cooking or preparing your meals, and let’s not forget how nice it is to be able to whip up a bag of popcorn in a matter of minutes.
So when your microwave breaks, it’s needless to say, but you’re probably going to be left inconvenienced and frustrated.
Although Viking appliances are some of the best on the market, one common problem we see with Viking microwaves is a door that gets stuck closed.
Below, we’ll be taking a look at why this might happen and what you can do to resolve the problem on your own.
When your microwave door gets stuck closed, or you’re unable to open it, the problem is likely being caused either by the door latch, the door button, the door spring or its hinges.
However, while it may be easy to figure out what’s broken and causing your problem, repairing some of the following parts and components is a bit trickier.
But first, let’s explain what to be on the lookout for!
If you have your microwave door opened, you’ll likely have two separate door latches that look like steel hooks protruding from the inside of the door. These latches are usually spring-loaded so that they’re able to hook around the latch opening on the microwave itself.
Over time, the latches may become dirty, or if the appliance is older, a bit of rust or corrosion may be impeding the latches’ movement.
If you have the door open, you might try using a rust penetrant or lubricant, such as WD-40, on the latch to help get it moving properly again.
Also, regularly cleaning your microwave and its door latches can prevent food buildup in these components.
Most Viking microwaves have a handy door button that simultaneously unlatches and spring the door open for you. In some cases, it’s not the latch that’s causing the door to jam but the button itself, which can prevent you from opening the door.
Once again, if you haven’t cleaned your microwave in awhile, it’s not uncommon for the door button to get dirty, which can cause it to stick and malfunction.
If you need a hand getting your microwave door open, or to figure out what’s causing the problem, don’t hesitate to contact Phoenix Appliance Pros today.
As I’ve already mentioned, when you press the door button, it should unlatch the door, and a built-in spring should pop the door open for you.
Therefore, the spring itself is another crucial component that can either get jammed or break and cause your microwave door to get stuck.
The good news is that replacing a broken spring is a very inexpensive component, especially compared to replacing other microwave parts. However, replacing the faulty spring can be a bit tricky if you’ve never done it before.
Lastly, your microwave door will likely have 2 or more hinges, which allow it to easily open and close. Because these parts get a lot of wear and tear, it’s not uncommon for them to break and cause your door to jam.
If you’re able to get your microwave door open, make sure to carefully inspect the door hinges for any signs of obstructions or damage. In some cases, it’s also possible that the hinges have come loose. If so, you might be able to tighten any loose screws to fix your problem.
On the other hand, if you notice that the hinges are dented or broken, you’ll likely need them replaced.
Fortunately, hinges are also an inexpensive and easy part to replace.
Additionally, to prevent the premature wear of your microwave’s door hinges, we recommend occasionally lubricating them.
If you’re unsure how to do this, don’t hesitate to contact a professional appliance repair company that can service and maintain your beloved appliance.