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When I close the door and enter a time for cooking it just clicks but if I lift the door abit it works

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Door interlock switch faulty access via removing control panel or case

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Your microwave safety interlock mechanism is faulty. They are hooked right into the main power . Its very complex...the schemnatic looks like a safety system for a nuclear warhead or something -- it's overkill.

But microwaves are involved. Sometimes you can clean them but my experience is taht once they go they're gone because the door latches are just plastic and they do wear down and simply won't have enough material on them to get all the switches to work.

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please dont even try this, fix it yourself job!!! yes it is an easy fix!! if you know what you are doing,, but if you dont know what you are doing,,,, well to be blunt,
you could just be finding a fast way of killing yourself!
even with the power plug pulled out the wall scocket and stood on a rubber mat!!! just one tuch across the capacitor and you could very well grow wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
do you realy wont to die??? call the guy back to fit a new micro switch in the door lock as its set back deep in side the unit and its a cheep part as well
but just like all fixes,,, its not the parts you pay for,
its knowing how to fit them in that costs you so much
this not knowing could cost you your life???????
play it safe,, please,,

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The top door switch (door sensing switch) is defective, or its mount is loose or broken.

Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside.

Door switch or mount trouble is usually 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.

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Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside. Its continuity must be checked.

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There are plastic mounts inside the microwave which hold the door switches and onto which the door latches lock when you close the door.

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Sometimes it's a broken tab on the switch holder, allowing the switch to rotate just out of position. Other times, 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 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.

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