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Whirlpool microwave Model # MH3185XP No power?

Just shut down circuit breaker not tripped is there a fuse on the inside that has blown and I can replace?

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  • greg2512 Apr 19, 2009

    was replacing range bulb on unit and when removing old bulb, the needle nose pliers slipped and hit the metal part of bulb causing spark and shut down micro power. i checked circuit breaker and gfi outlets with no problems. i found the 20 amp fuse above control panel behind top grill and replaced it. still no luck. wondering if there's another fuse somewhere, or will i have to call a tech out?

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I just had a problem with mine and took the panel off and did find a fuse on the inside on the top portion of the unit. Try changing it and see if it works. Hope it helps.....

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