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Space between door hinge and microwave

Our microwave works fine, but while I was cleaning the outside recently, I noticed one side (the hinge side) of the microwave has a little space between the door and body of the microwave. It's not huge, but I can slide a piece of paper into the cooking area of the microwave. Is this microwave safe? Thanks.

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Re: space between door hinge and microwave

It will have to be checked by a technician with meter for microwaves to be sure.

Posted on Oct 08, 2007

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