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Magic chef microwave turns off after about 3 minutes then it just resets again after about 5 minutes

Color white model number MCO160UWF

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Make this test and fix it. God bless you

  1. Interlock switch If your microwave is turning itself on, the first thing to check is the interlock switch. This is usually the first thing to malfunction that could cause this issue. If the interlock switch is bad then it will need to be replaced.
  2. Main control board If your microwave is turning itself on and the interlock switch is still working, the probable cause is the main control board. If the control board is defective it will need to be replaced.
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SOURCE: magic chef microwave shuts down

We had the same problem with our brand new Magic Chef. Before going through the trouble of taking it back I called Home Depot. After talking to a Home Depot Rep I am told that the overheat sensor is under the glass plate directly beneath the popcorn bag. Popcorn gets very hot and the heat of the popcorn causes the sensor to shut the machine down. I would imagine this would be the same for a baked potato.
Very poor design.
I was told to put a microwave safe plate down and put the popcorn bag on it. This should help to reduce the heat and not trip the sensor.
A safety sensor is great, but not if it keeps tripping the machine and shutting down!

Posted on Sep 17, 2008

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SOURCE: microwave shut-off within 2-3 minutes

Why don't you return it? I think this is a common problem. We returned ours to Home Depot with no questions asked.

Posted on Dec 01, 2008

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SOURCE: Magic Chef Microwave Shutting Down Problem in RV

your micrwave may run fine at 110 but it draws more power than the generator is putting out when the magnetron kicks on which is the part that creates the microwave causing the food to heat up. In other words the amperage is too low for the microwave. Amperage is what matters not voltage.

Posted on Apr 12, 2009

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SOURCE: no heat on magic chef microwave

Check the door safety interlock switches.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Magic Chef Model #MCO160UW

Call 888-775-0202 Magic chef they will replace the part free of charge even if its not longer under warranty

Posted on Dec 29, 2009

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The first thing I would suggest is a hard reset. Unplug the unit for a minute or so. Then plug it back in, set the clock and try again.

If that doesn't work, leave it unplugged for about 5 minutes.

Otherwise, you may have a failed membrane keypad.

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The first thing I would suggest is a hard reset. Unplug the unit for a minute or so. Then plug it back in, set the clock and try again.

If it still fails, you have a failed keypad.

This can be dangerous, and you should keep it attended to when in use (as with any microwave) and unplugged when not in use.

Since it's less than one year old, it should be fully covered under warranty. I'd suggest contacting the manufacturer to get it fixed free.

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