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Giving -F3- display and beeping 3 times, does not respond

I wiped the sensor pad with a dry paper towel to clean it. I may have pushed several keys, but now it shows an -F3- on the display, beeps 3 times loudly and will not respond to any command. If I unplug and plug it back in, it displays 'Push Clock' but will not respond to anything and after 30 sec. goes back to -F3- and the beeping. Any information is appreciated.

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    DISPLAYS F3 AND PAD WILL NOT WORK.

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The first thing I would suggest is a hard reset. Unplug the unit for a minute or so. Then plug it back in, set the clock and try again.

If that doesn't work, you have a shorted / failed membrane keypad.

Until it is repaired, please leave it unplugged or leave the door open.

If you (or someone you know) might want to replace it yourself, I have uploaded a handy guide with pictures showing you what's typically involved.

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

There should 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.

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.

If you would like to have us do this repair for you, we do that for $39.95 plus part costs.

Feel free to contact me directly (and please remind me of your model number) for more information & help.

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

William E. Miller, AS-EET
prototech@usa.net
http://www.microwavedisplay.com

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