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Microwave only works when door is pulled but not opened

GE built-in microwave, maybe 5 years old. Will not run except when I pull the door slightly (not to the point of opening it). I put two velcro tabs inside the door and the microwave then works a few times until the tab gets a bit flattened, then the microwave won't work again.

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Hey, the door switch is broken and needs to be replaced,
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