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How do I get to the fuse in my microwave

How much do I have to take apart to get to the fuse to test it to see if it is the cause of my microwave's power failure?

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It of course depends on your full model number, but since you posted under the model KHMS155LSS, I'll assume that's it.

You have to remove the grille across the top and may have to remove the control panel assembly.

At our Web site, we have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

In this model, there is one fuse (20A) and two thermostats which can be defective, any of which will render the oven dead.

Dead meaning no display, no light when you open the door, and no response when you press a pad on the keypad.

There should be a "mini-manual" (tech sheet) hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting, testing, and locating components.

I have a copy in my files if you don't find yours.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012

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