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Arcing and flashing either has to do with having metal parts inside that are not chromed perfectly (better yet only put metal in if it's a microwave convection oven on convection setting only), or some of the powder coating on the inside of the cabinet is damaged. Or a twist tie etc was inside during use. If the cabinet is damaged dispose of unit.

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