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Shuts off after cooking a few minutes

My microwave is brand new and we replaced it after our old one started shutting off a few minutes into the cooking cycle. We thought it just died. So we bought this new maytag and the same thing is happening. After about 4 minutes it shuts off and takes about 30 minutes to come back on. I thought it was something with the outlet and hired an electrician to come in. My power supply is fine. He thought perhaps my vent might be plugged. We checked the whole vent up to the roof and that is also fine. We are out of things to look for and need some help!!!

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Re: shuts off after cooking a few minutes

Since it's under warranty, I would check with MayTag or a local Maytag-authorized servider:

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Re: shuts off after cooking a few minutes

If you changed the position on the exhaust fan, go back over the installation instructions again VERY carefully. You might have to adjust a piece on the blower itself, so that it cools the instrument panel. It is very easy to miss in the instructions.

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