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Sanyo em-c 1800 sparking inside at top

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That's not good at all....

check to make sure there isn't any food at the top of the microwave, also, if your microwave allows maybe try turning down the wattage when you cook such as cook on medium or Low wattage.

Also, you may need to just get a new microwave.

Posted on Oct 28, 2012

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SOURCE: Hi; i have a sanyo

Hello
Reasons for arcing or sparking are
[1] Materials to be avoided in the oven were used. [2] The oven is operated when empty. [3] Spilled food remain in the cavity.
Use microwave safe cookware only.
Do not operate with oven empty.
Clean cavity with wet towel.
OK.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011

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