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Microwave oven turns off

This is a 2 1/2 year old oven, recently started to turn off while working, sometimes it doesn't turn back on by itself so I have to disconnect/reconnect. I noticed that the wires get a bit warm when it stops working. Now takes like 5 times to reset in order to work. The oven is on its own 30 Amp breaker. What part could be causing this? Thanks for your help.

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  • Milciades Merchan Nov 06, 2006

    I have also noticed that it shuts off after a couple of seconds after starting when it's cold (like 1 hour without use), it has to be restarted like 5 times, sometimes even hangs up with a beep, sometimes it doesn't power on, so i have to unplug it, but once it's "warm" (5 resets or more) it works fine. This happens on any setting, defrosting or any power level.

    Thanks for your help.

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It could be an overheating magnetron. There is a thermostat inside (mounted to the side of the magnetron) which senses excessive heat and opens up, disconnecting the power to the oven. If that's the case, unplugging it and plugging it back in will not fix it. It will come back on by itself after it cools down. That's another indication that it might be a thermostat kicking out. You might try to further characterize the failure: - happens only when cooking on full power? - also happens when cooking on a low power level? - shuts down every time you use it? - only shuts down after XX amount of time cooking? Once you characterize it more, I can make further suggestions. It may also be a bad connection on the control panel.

Posted on Nov 05, 2006

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    William Miller Nov 11, 2006

    It sounds more and more like a bad connection.

    I would even lean heavily toward saying it's a bad connection on the low voltage transformer on the circuit board! We repair those nationwide on a regular basis for $32.50.

    But it could be anywhere in the AC supply line, which starts at the house breaker and goes through the AC outlet, the power cord, internal wiring, internal fuse, and a thermostat or two before it gets to the control board.

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