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Re: The microwave was cooking, a few seconds later it...
If it's not making a strong buzzing sound or anything out of the ordinary, it's probably the Magnatron. Most of the time that's what I find. It's the "antenna" that creates the microwaves. Some ovens carry a 5 year warranty on that part so I would check your manual. They are very easy to replace most of the time. They usually run about $100-$150.00
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It is supposed to. It is designed that way. It put the light on and the extractor fan to remove steam and cooking smells. Some have a timer that continues to run for a few minutes after cooking. It is not emitting the cooking radiation when the door is open. The are at least three safety devices to stop that.
Check that a "favourite" setting has not been selected. The unit may think that is the time that you want to cook. Im not sure about your model but see if there is any clear or cancel buttons to clear any pre programmed selections. If not, unplug the machine for 15 minutes to reset the controller and try it again.
I would try troubleshooting the "defrost circuit". The behavior sounds like the microwave is cooking in the defrost mode, where it actively cooks then stops allowing the food to rotate and the heat to spread then actively cooking again.
Hi! I just purchased the same microwave, and came online to find the solution. I was then able to find the correct answer to this problem. On this model, Emerson does not put a "time cook" button for odd cook times such as 15 seconds. Instead, they have you push the "Power Button" prior to setting the cook time.
If you want to cook on full power, press the power button once, and then enter your cooking time and press start. If you want to cook on 50% power or 30% power or something like that, push the "Power Button" several times until the appropriate power level is displayed, then enter the cook time and press start.
The reason that it starts up right away when *********** pushes the 1 button is because Emerson has the quick cooking feature for 1 minute through 6 minutes. You only have to push the number once to get the 1 minute cook time or anywhere through 6 minutes respectively.
Assuming the entire power line from the breaker to the microwave cord is okay, it's almost certainly a bad connection on the circuit board of the control panel assembly.
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