I know this is a trivial issue when compared with appliances starting on fire an such - but this one is really annoying.
I have no sound. I do not believe my model has a "mute" or even a "volume" setting for the sound. I think it should always be on. Has anyone had similar problems?
I am considering replacing the piezo-buzzer for about $1 before paying a $50 deductible to my home warranty company.
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Re: No sound or buzzer
If your model doesn't have a "beeper volume" button, maybe you can reset it by unplugging it for about a minute or so then checking it.
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You would have to pull the unit, remove the back cover and inspect the control board. Then identify where the buzzer should be located and see if it is even there. It would be labeled on the board something like BZ1. It will look like a button. I am not aware of any units that would have the feature of muting the buzzer.
If it is tripping the breaker when you just close the door, I think it might be one of the door switches that the latch activates. There are usually 3 switches behind the latch holes in the microwave. One is a safety monitor switch that is suppose to blow the internal fuse if the microwave is started and the door is not closed properly. It should blow the micro fuse before the house breaker unless you have a weak house breaker. It will do the same thing if start is pressed and it senses a problem with the door. You say the problem is intermittent so I assume you do get it to work at times so I'm guessing most of the microwave is OK. I'm pretty sure you have a door switch problem--- either out of adjustment ---or 1 of them going bad.
Circuit Breakers do weaken over usage. It is not usually a time factor as much as a load factor. Each time a circuit breaker trips, it loses its ability to carry the same load as it did previously. In other words, a 15 amp breaker only carries the ability to carry 15 amps once. I recommend replacing the circuit breaker with one that has a matching rating. If you do feel up sizing is necessary, check the load rating of the appliances to make sure the additional size really is necessary. Increasing power to appliances that shouldn't need it increases the risks of potential electrical fires and masking real issues. Try changing it with higher amp breakers.
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your transformer windings are loose and the 60 cycle frequenct is setting up a mechanical vibration, you can try and look for anything loose inside the unit, but if the transformer windings get loose theres really no fix but to live with it