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Arching Whirlpool microwave oven at rack support sparks like wildfire!

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The area that has arced needs to be cleaned thoroughly, and if the paint is affected, it will need to be sanded smooth and cleaned with alcohol.

Then you can apply some high-temperature appliance paint, available from places like Wal-Mart, Lowe's or Builder's Square.

If the rack support is charred or melted, it will need to be replaced. It's best to replace them as a set.

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

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