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Microwave works with the door open

It started in the last few weeks. We use our microwave and when we open the microwave starts to run (lights are one, turn table turns). Again, it appears to be running. I don't know what it is causing the problem. I tried to close the door harder and sometimes it stops doing this, but it comes back after a few tries. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Carlos

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Re: Microwave works with the door open

The top door switch is almost certainly defective or loose. Most likely the latter, and possibly due to a loose or broken mount. Chances are that only the fan and light are on, but it's not wise to take chances with microwave energy, whuch can cause burns and fire. One way to possibly test this theory is to pull up gently on the door and see if it stops doing it. But that's not a foolproof test. A broken or loose mount can be caused by inadequate plastic or improper assembly techniques during manufacturing, by slamming the door, or other physical damage. Bad door switches are usually caused by opening the door while it's cooking instead of hitting the STOP KEY first. I have a helpful text file on door switches with safety tips that will help you. You can find it by searching on (not Google) for microwave safety.txt Good luck and be safe!

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