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Microwave completely shut off, including the display

While using the spped cook mode the Advantium completely shut down. I checked that it was not a breaker in the house and voltage tested the outlet that the microwave is plugged into, and everything is fine. Someone told me that a common problem with these microwaves is the thermal fuse. I replaced that and still nothing. Any help as to what to try next would be appreciated.

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  • Jamie Winterstein Apr 09, 2007

    I will check them out, thanks

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    unit on bake, shut down completely.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    FAN IS NOISY AND THE MICROWAVE SHUT OFF COMPLETELY, DISPLAY AND ALL WHEN USING FAN ONLY

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Check the diode and the cap they like to go bad.good luck

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If it "completely shut down" then that sounds like it is "dead", which most likely means that the internal fuse, magnetron thermal cutout / thermostat, or cavity thermal cutout / thermostat went bad. These should be tested before replacing them to be sure whether they're bad. If they read open, they're bad. Please give us a little more detail on this failure.

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