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The display shows the message open/close door. I've noted that the light inside doesn't always come on. Is this common? This unit is only a little over a year and old.

I've noticed that if I open and close several times or jiggle the door it sometimes works.

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Locate the door switch, it will be inside the door frame somewhere, a little black thing you can push in with your thumb. You need to drench it in WD40 and push it lots of times. Then it should work reliably.

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