Do you need to remove the screws on the back of your microwave? Are you having trouble getting them out? We’ll provide the information needed to remove the screws from the back of a microwave. It is a simple process if you have the correct tools.
The purpose of removing the screws from the back of your microwave is for troubleshooting, testing, and or replacing parts. If the magnetron, the transformer, the fuse, high voltage capacitor, or the door switch is faulty, you will have to remove the cover of the microwave to reach these parts.
How to remove screws from back of microwave?
We have found many people have trouble removing the screws on the back of the microwave as most microwave ovens have Tamper-Resistant Torx head screws on the back. (If your microwave has Phillips screws on the back, we assume you will never see this page as you already have the correct tool to remove the microwave cover.)
These Torx screws need a special tool to remove them. Think of these Torx head screws similar to an Allen head screw but with a button in the center. You will need to use special Torx head bits with a hole in the center to remove these screws and to remove the cover to gain access to the inside of the microwave.
The reason a microwave has these special screws on the back is to make it so it is difficult to remove the microwave cover. Why is this? Inside the microwave are components such as the high voltage capacitor that will hold HIGH VOLTAGE even after the microwave is unplugged. So it is designed as a safety aspect.
If you need to gain access inside your microwave to replace a part, unplug it from power and let it sit for 3 or 4 hours or more to be sure the voltage has bled off. Use gloves and a tool with a rubber handle when doing any type of troubleshooting inside of the microwave for extra safety. Do not touch any components with bare hands.
Tools needed to remove microwave cover
The tools you need to remove the screws on the back of your microwave are Torx tamper resistant bits or a Torx screwdriver. All microwaves vary but Whirlpool microwaves use a T15 Torx tamper resist screw to hold the cover on. It is best to purchase a complete Torx bit kit for around $10 so you have all sizes of the Torx bits in case your microwave has a different size screw head.
If you need access into the microwave and do not have the proper tools, see the video below for how to remove these security screws without special tools…
Remove Torx Security Screws WITHOUT special tools
Once you have the correct size Torx bit, remove the Torx screws on the back of the microwave in a non rushed method so you do not strip them out. Carefully remove all Torx screws. After the screws have been removed, you will now be able to lift off the main cover of the microwave to get inside access and replace or troubleshoot the issue your microwave is having.
A Torx bit set can be found online or at your local hardware store. We will show a few Torx tamper resist bit sets here so you have an idea of the tools needs to remove the screws on your microwave.
Torx Bit Set 1 – How To Remove Screws On Back Of Microwave
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Torx Bit Set 2 – How To Remove Screws On Back Of Microwave
Tool info here
Do not hesitate to call a professional if you are having trouble removing the screws on the back of your microwave. They will be able to help you remove the screws and gain access to the inside of the microwave so you can fix any problems you may be having. To see the top 4 reasons a microwave is not working, see the video below to help you to troubleshoot your microwave.
Top 4 Reasons Microwave Is Not Working — Microwave Oven Troubleshooting
We hope you found this information helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave us a comment below and we will do our best to answer them.
Allen is the author and creator of this website. He has years of experience with appliance repair, commercial food machinery maintenance, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, vehicle maintenance, and critical aviation related systems.