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Microwave Problems Panasonic NN-S541 .... comes on, runs for about 3-4 seconds and then shuts off. Doesn't matter what cycle I choose, I get same results. I do hear some "strange" noises (clicking??) coming from the right-side middle to rear of the oven the short time it's running. Also, I get a VERY faint odor akin to electrical smell. It is so very faint as to make me wonder if I'm imagining ... it's that miniscule. I only paid $100 for it new, so I'm not wanting to take it to a repair shop ... thought there might be something I can handle. If not, I'll buy a new one. Thanks!

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Re: Microwave Problems

Thats exactly why so so many repair shops have closed their doors mOH NO not because of you!!!lol its because of items are made to last a year or so and they are so inexpernsive theythrow them away and simply buys a new one cause for 100 bucks who can blame ya. your problem should be looked at by a pro unless you know how to deal with electricity and charged capacitors. it will run between 15 to 45 to check out the unit and probably cost about 50 to 100 bucks if not more to fix see my point? Buy A new one. Good Luck .

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