Question about Microwave Ovens
My micorwave just quit working. Was working fine one night the next morning there was nothing working on it. Outlet is fine. What could be the problem. I didn't cut it on without anything being in there.
A microwave can be dead for many reasons.
Itmay be the fuse, which is usually located behind the grille or on thefloor of the oven behind the control panel or between the door switches.
Ifthe fuse is good, it may be an open thermostat or thermal cutout (TCO)/ thermal fuse on or near the magnetron or on top of the cavity / bodyof the oven.
If it goes dead for a while during or after cookingthen comes back on, the magnetron is probably overheating and causingthe magnetron thermostat to open.
Then when it cools, it closes the circuit and allows power through again.
Whenchecking TCOs or thermostats, if it has a hood fan thermostat, that should readopen, as opposed to the others, which should read closed.
TheTCOs you need to be concerned usually with have all black or whitewires only. Please reply with photos of your interior if you have questions.
If it went dead almost immediately after pressing the Start pad, that's usually a shorted high-voltage capacitor.
If it went dead a few seconds after pressing the Start pad, that's usually a failing high-voltage transformer.
Ifit goes dead or blows the breaker (or GFI) when you plug it in or open or closethe door, then there's a problem with a door switch or door switchmount.
If it's intermittent or random, it may be a badconnection, usually on the control board or a loose fuse holder, oreven an intermittent fuse.
You should do a continuity test onthe fuse while it's in the holder (with the microwave unplugged, ofcourse) then turn the fuse by hand or take it out and put it back in,then test it again.
If you remove the fuse, then press the meterleads against the ends, it can allow internal contact to be made andmake a bad fuse appear to be good.
If you or someone you knowdecide to look into it, we have critical safety information anddisassembly information at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa.
Thereshould also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind thecontrol panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which isvery helpful when troubleshooting & testing.
If you'd want to scan and e-mail or copy and fax the mini-manual (or atleast the "schematic diagram page) to me, I'd be happy to make moreprecise suggestions.
You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here or at the Sears parts site.
We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.
Posted on Oct 20, 2008
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