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HI. I have a Whirlpool Microwave (MH6141XKB). It will not reheat the food and makes a louder "humming" sound than normal. Other than that, everything works fine. Please advise. Brent

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The magnatron in your oven has gone out and will need replaced!( This is the device that heats up your food) If everything is working and your food is not getting hot 99.9 percent of the time its the Magnatron or its fuse! The loud humming is also a big clue the MAGNATRON has gone bad!
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