Question about Frigidaire PLMV169DC Microwave Oven
It. ihit the hi/low switch. i hit auto fan and hit the hi/low switch twice & that didn't help either. the unit is about 1 year old professional series 169gcc model. it was on a table above a furnace hot air vent.
it's less than one year old, it should be fully covered under warranty.
I'd suggest contacting the manufacturer to get it fixed free.
If you don't have warranty coverage for some reason:
This is usually caused by either a bad door switch, a loose door switch mount, or occasionally a problem on the control panel.
Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside. Its continuity must be checked.
Door switch or mount trouble can be caused by slamming the door or by opening the door while it's cooking without hitting the Stop pad first.
There are plastic mounts inside the microwave which hold the door switches and onto which the door latches lock when you close the door.
The screws on these mounts may be loose. If they get too loose, the switches will not be activated properly.
Sometimes it's a broken tab on the switch holder, allowing the switch to rotate just out of position. This tab can be hard to see, since it is under the bottom edge of the switch.
One test that sometimes helps is to gently lift up (and/or push down) on the door or handle as you try to start it. If it works or tries to work, then it's a door switch mount or door alignment issue.
If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa:.
You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.
There may also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting & testing.
If you think the problem is on the control panel, we repair these nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid in most cases.
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Posted on Aug 02, 2008
The most likely problem is the magnetron. Check your warranty in owners manual, I believe you have five year warranty on magnetron.
Posted on Mar 15, 2009
We have a similar problem! It sounds like a problem with the microswitch inside the unit that the door is suppose to engage when closed. If not engaged properly, it will not cook. We had the switch replaced last March but it has started acting up again. We can press in on the door and/or lift it slightly and it will cook. Try putting time on the counter and hit start. It the word "cook" appears then try moving the door slightly and see if the turntable starts turning. If not, then you may have a more serious problem. Good luck!
Posted on Oct 22, 2009
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Do you feel air flow? That's the key.
Most microwaves have the exhaust fan assembly at the back edge, not up front immediately behind the grille / vent.
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