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I have a pacific (700w) microwave. It will not cook. The light is on and the turntable is going round, but the food is not cooking. I have placed a glass of cold water inside and its still cold. The day before I defrosted some bread and it was ok then. Thanks Mike

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I would suspect a problem on the control board or high voltage section.
Here are some links you or someone you know can use (in order given) for test help, but read the safety warnings first:

http://www.microtechfactoryservice.com/diode.html http://www.microtechfactoryservice.com/mag_test.html
http://www.microtechfactoryservice.com/xformer.html


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