I've had this built-in over-the-range microwave for more than 3 years. It has always been reliable. Recently, I tried baking/cooking one small to average size potato. I realize now that I probably set the timer for too many minutes. I had set it for 10 minutes on full power, because earlier the same day I cooked about 4 or 5 potatoes in a different microwave at work and the smaller ones turned out just fine.
Anyway, smoke poured out of the microwave, there is some smoke soot inside the microwave, and the potatoe sort of looked like a large piece of charcoal. Ever since then, the microwave is totally dead. Nothing on it works. I checked the fuse on my electric box and it seems to be ok.
Is there something I might be able to do to fix the microwave, or do you think it is repairable at all? I hope it can be fixed as the cost and installation of a new one will be more than $400.
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Re: Microwave Dead after burning up potato
Chances are the magnetron overheated and blew the thermostat / thermal cutout that monitors it. The magnetron itself may be bad, too.
If Sears Service might consider this still under magnetron warranty, then they may replace the mag with no part costs (or just the thermal cutout part cost), but likely would charge labor.
You can contact customer service or repair via http://www.sears.com
Otherwise, if you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety and disassembly info at our site, which is linked at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk
You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your base model number (without the suffix) here: http://www3.sears.com or likely cheaper here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383
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all is explained in the user manual
if you have just put food in the even and pressed the start several times to get a number of minutes to cook but want to increase that time just press start again the number of times that you want the cook time to increase
for example :-
you put a frozen pie in the oven and your start operates in 30 second increments and you have pushed it 3 times and it starts cooking-BUT - you read the cooking instructions and it says cook for 4 minutes, just press the start another 3 times while it is cooking
the new cook time will show on the display
6 years may be the point where the repair could cost more than a new unit----Call a local shop to see what it costs to look at the unit and if possible get a ballpark estimate---then weigh repair versus replacement.
I'm afraid the magnetron (most expensive part - generates the microwaves) is on its way out. In most cases, it doesn't pay to repair it - unless the replacement would cost over $200 and/or hard to find the right size for built-in. I would vote for replace with new - you've had a good run for the money, but this might not be the only problem that develops soon.
Search the internet for “roast chicken recipe for microwave”
Here is one just in case you don’t find one: Microwave Roast Chicken 3 lbs. chicken 1 tsp. salt 4 tbsp. butter or margarine 1 tsp. paprika Instructions Melt butter in a custard cup in microwave. Mix paprika into melted butter. Wash chicken (reserve giblets, these are best cooked conventionally). Sprinkle inside of chicken with salt. Cover ends of legs, tail, and wings with small pieces of saran wrap or wax paper. Place trivet on inverted saucer or small casserole lid in 12 x 7 inch baking dish. Place chicken breast side down on saucers. Brush with butter. Cover with waxed paper. Cook 12 minutes. Remove wax paper or saran warp from legs, tail, and wings. Turn chicken breast side up and brush with butter. Cover with wax paper and cook 12 minutes more or until meat thermometer registers 180 degrees (temperature will increase to 195 degrees during standing).
DO NOT USE MEAT THERMOMETER IN OVEN WHEN COOKING!! Remove chicken from oven; cover with aluminum foil and let stand 15 to 20 minutes before carving. Note: For other weights of chicken, allow 8 minutes cooking time per pound.