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Potato caught fire during cooking. Microwave has

Potato caught fire during cooking. Microwave has no power.

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    Just now I was going to make a baked potato in our microwave. turned it on the setting for baked potato and came back to they computer. in a few mins. I heard the microwave ding, so I went to check it, poked the potato with a fork it wasn't done. so I set it to baked potato again and came back to the computer, in about 2 mins. I went back to the microwave and the potato was on fire. how does a potato catch on fire? it has juice in its center.

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Hello, inside most microwaves, there is a thermal fuse, that if something in the cooking cavity is on fire, it will melt the thermal fuse, if it gets hot enough, thus breaking the power to the unit shutting it off. This sounds like what has happened to yours, simply replacing it will correct the problem. It is usually located near a cavity exhaust point. If you aren't comfortable doing this, as it requires removing the outer cover, while unplugged, and locating/replacing it, take it to a appliance service co. This will of course cost more, if you do it yourself, make sure you provide all of your make/model/serial/anything else, that will identify your unit, and call/go online to a parts retailer, and you should be able to get it done fairly cheap.

Hope this helps, and thank you.

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