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MCO160UW goes dead after 3 minutes

Just like the other reports, my Magic Chef goes dead after @ 3 minutes of popping popcorn. I went to alot of trouble installing it and we have only had it one day. I think the solution is to return it.

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  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    Our MCO160UW was also shutting down after we would pop microwave popcorn. It would boot back up eventually. But now it just died. No display or anything. We've had it for less than two years. Piece of junk. Magic chef-- never again!!!

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I had the same problem with mine and called Magic Chef. You are likely overheating a thermal sensor. Somewhere in the manual fine print it tells you to heat things on a plate in the microwave. So, if you put a plate on top of the microwave glass tray and cook the popcorn on the plate, it should be OK.

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I returned the item to Home Depot and they took it back no questions asked.

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its just unlucky it went when it did most likly it was sat about and got cold and damp, you come home switched it on,,, it went pop! and died on you
its a comon thing with microwaves there very much like light bulbs,,, work for years then for no reson at all the just dont work any more,,,,,
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A microwave can be dead for many reasons.

It may be the fuse, which is usually located on the floor of the oven behind the control panel or between the door switches.

If the 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 / body of the oven.

If it goes dead for a while during or after cooking then comes back on, the magnetron is probably overheating and causing the magnetron thermostat to open.

Then when it cools, it closes the circuit and allows power through again.

When checking thermostats, if it has a hood fan thermostat, that should read open, as opposed to the others, which should read closed.

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.

If it goes dead or blows the breaker (or GFI) when you plug it in or open or close the door, then there's a problem with a door switch or door switch mount.

If it's intermittent or random, it may be a bad connection, usually on the control board or a loose fuse holder, or even an intermittent fuse.

You should do a continuity test on the fuse while it's in the holder (with the microwave unplugged, of course) 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 meter leads against the ends, it can allow internal contact to be made and make a bad fuse appear to be good.

If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical safety information and disassembly information at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa.

There may also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting & testing.

We're happy to help you and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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Otherwise, the magnetron will be ruined, and that drives up the repair cost.

If you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

You can order parts here: https://www.mcappliance.com/partorder.aspx

To contact Magic Chef about getting an *authorized* servicer, see: http://www.mcappliance.com/contactus/contactus.asp

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Do you feel a good amount of air flowing through the vents?

If the cooling fan is not running or the air vents are blocked, that wil allow the magnetron to overheat.

If air flow is not a problem, then you may have a defective magnetron.

Assuming it's still under warranty, it would be best to let a Magic Chef-authorized servicer handle it.

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Very poor design.
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A safety sensor is great, but not if it keeps tripping the machine and shutting down!

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