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You know that's always my advice anyway. Some things can be fixed, and are straight forwards but I have been doing this all now for over 30 years and I still get stumped... A lot of faults aren't just straight forwards and are often "Chain" faults, meaning you MUST fix the source of the problem NOT the "Symptom" and repairs often must be made to "Other" seemingly unaffected areas, to stop other faults developing from the "Stress" the faulty components have placed on support componentry. Many times I cringe when I think of people working inside things that operate on the Mains.. especially Microwaves, more tech's are killed each year by these than any other single thing. Followed by TV sets.So yes you are right.. It may cost you but.. The woman complained as she watched me fix her device, she said I saw you, all you did was hit it with a hammer.. and you charged me $100, Well,NO, madame was my reply. I didn't charge you $100 to hit it with a hammer, No, I charged you $1 to hit it with the hammer, and $99 to know WHERE to hit it. 'Nuff said.

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blows the powerstrip


Hello. I can help you. Let me review some info. about microwaves.

First of all, a microwave requires a lot of power. Most microwaves must have their own circuit to work well for a long time. Do not use any powerstrip or other extension cord, always plug a microwave directly into the wall.

The problems you are having are most likely due to your powerstrip than to your home wiring.

Plug your microwave directly into the wall and use it. If it works then discard the powerstrip as it is a fire hazard. get back and let me know how u make out.

May 27, 2009 | General Electric Microwave Oven

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I just bought a Maytag over the range microwave 7 months ago and already the start button, timer button and a few more do not work - what could problem be??


Do you always use the vent fan when cooking on the stove top to keep steam and grease out of the controls? I always recommend that.

The first thing I would suggest is a hard reset. Unplug the unit for a minute or so. Then plug it back in, set the clock and try again.

If that doesn't work, leave it unplugged for maybe an hour.

If it's still failing, since it's less than one year old, it should be fully covered under warranty. I'd suggest contacting the manufacturer to get it fixed free.

You can find your nearest Maytag-authorized servicer here.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Sep 03, 2008 | Maytag Microwave Ovens

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MH1150XMT-0 (whirlpool) partially dead control panel


In order, I would suspect:

- it needs a reset
- door switch or door switch mount trouble
- your keypad is failing

The first thing I would suggest is a hard reset. Unplug the unit for a minute or so. Then plug it back in, set the clock and try again.

If that doesn't work, leave it unplugged for maybe an hour.

Then let us know if the hard reset does not fix it so I can give you some advice on the other two probable causes.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Aug 23, 2008 | Whirlpool MH1150XM Convection/Microwave...

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Emerson MW8168B Microwave


pls check fuse replace with since there were no noises seems pretty straight forward

Jul 30, 2007 | Emerson MW8168B Microwave Oven

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