Question about Microwave Ovens
I think I know the answer to this question, but since I can't specifically find my model number listed here, I'd better double check.
I have a Kenmore 66562614200 microwave oven. Last night, one of the bulbs burned out under the unit. I removed the small screw that holds the cover in place and there was a quick arc. Now the clock works, but that's about all.
I later opened the bottom of the unit up to make sure that there wasn't a fuse that was blown. Once I had removed the bottom panel, I was THEN able to read that you should unplug it before replacing a bulb. FIrst, I couldn't read that when the panel was in place, since the writing was upside down and backwards and I couldn't read it that close anyway. Secondly, I had no idea that I could actually unplug it, since it was permanently mounted in the cabinet, however I did later find a plug behind the pots and pans.....sigh.
Anyway, I suspect you're going to tell me that the controller is now shot. Is there any reason to suspect anything else? SInce the clock still works, I know that the unit is still getting power, so I don't suspect a fuse or a blown breaker.
We see (and repair) this a lot. The problem is on the control panel, which
we regularly repair nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid in about a week.
This light failure often occurs when a bulb goes out and the filament shorts, or when the bulbs are removed or installed without first unplugging the oven from the power line. Either can cause such a failure on the controller.
This can often also affect the exhaust fan operation, too. The lights and fan can be inoperable or stuck on too.
At our site, we now have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.
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Posted on Oct 08, 2008
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