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Microwave Buzzing My GE Spacemaker starts buzzing about 2-3 seconds after I press the start button. The turntable does not spin, the lights come on, and the microwave "fan" sound does not kick in. The weird thing about it is that I tested a mug of water and sure enough the microwave "buzz" still heated it up. Is this safe? What is wrong with it and how can I fix it? Please help. Thanks in advance!!!

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It is not safe. If a microwave oven cooks without the cooling fan running, then your magnetron will soon overheat and be destroyed. At our Web site, we have important safety information plus information on diagnosing and replacing door switches. Our site is linked at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk If it;s not a door switch, then it may be a problem (such as a bad relay) on the control board. We repair these nationwide for $32.50 postpaid in most cases, and you can find out more through that link, too.

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