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Microwave doesn't heat anything

Everything appears to work, however, microwave doesn't heat anything. It began a few days ago heating food intermitently, but now doesn't heat anything. I tried unplugging it. Tried cleaning all fans, vents. Nothing.

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  • sdelnegro Apr 21, 2009

    Everything works but the most important part. It doesn't heat!

  • Anonymous May 21, 2009

    I have the same problem but hope it is still under warranty.

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Sounds like the magnetron has failed. This is the component that produces the microwaves that heats the food.

The cost of the magnetron is about 95% of the cost of a microwave oven. Most people don't, for this reason, replace the magnetron, they replace the whole oven which is probably what you will end up doing.

There is a possibility that the circuit that provides power to the magnetron is faulty and you need to take it apart, find the proper electrical leads and test them with a volt meter. To do this you have to remove it from its mounting and take it apart. It is a fairly lengthy process however.


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Posted on Apr 26, 2009

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