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My microwave is plugged into a power strip and it keeps shutting off the strip. sometimes it does not trip the strip but most of the time it does.

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It's drawing too much power through the strip and tripping the safety on it. Use a short extnsion cord on it(not the houhold style with the 3-way on it) the next size up gauge wire. Ask your local electrical supplier. they can help. Probably the longer you have the microwave on it when this happens?

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