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Help!! I was cleaning my microhood

And apparently some of the liquid dripped behind the control panel and my light went on, the micro started running and wouldn't stop. I unplugged it and took the control panle off to see if it was wet. I am not seeing any moisture but my microwave won't work. The interior light stays on but the microwave won't work.

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    moisture on exterior and moisture from interior will be dripping when opened after cooking for 8-10 minutes

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Sounds like you will either need a new membrane, or pcb.

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