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Microwave Dead A person was microwaving a squash which blew up in a GE Profile oven model #PEB2060SM1SS and then it stopped working after it was cleaned up. Tripped circuit breaker in house I was told. Checked oven and found 20 A fuse blown. All checks passed on Tech Data Sheet except 5. B. With door both open and closed the resistance measures 0.4 ohms across the power cord line and neutral connections but the way they describe the test makes me wonder if the shorting jumpers are not in the right place. For one thing, they describe the relay without saying which one of the three. I am guessing it's RY2. Is the 20A fuse a slow or fast blow? I thought I would try replacing the fuse if I can get one locally and see what happens. Why would a squash blowing up cause the 20A fuse to blow? Would it maybe cause one of the door interlock switches to operate and then blow the fuse? I see that the Tech Data Sheet says that when the fuse is blown, that the monitor switch and primary interlock switches must be replaced. That's poor design if they have to be replaced just because the fuse blows. What are your thoughts? Thanks.

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  • Wayne Carpenter Nov 25, 2013

    Thanks for your responses. I am still wondering why a squash blowing up caused the fuse to blow--it's strange. So the oven was actually made by Sharp. No one happened to mention, that I saw, whether the 20 A ceramic fuse is a fast or slow blow fuse. I suppose it may be hard to find one in a small rural area.



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Having 20 year experience fixing microwaves i know that when the fuse goes that if you can't find a melted wire or overheated components on the circuit board that the high voltage capacitor at the back needs to be replaced. Sometimes you have to replace the magnetron too. You can replace the door switches if you like, microswitches are inexpensive but would only be bad if arced inside so bad that you read over 1 ohm.

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sounds to me like the magnatron has shorted out. i don't know of a way to test them unless you have some high dollar equipment. a continuity test prob wont tell you anything. what reading did you get on the cap when you tested it?

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For future reference, we regularly repair such control boards and displays for customers nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid in about a week or so with a one-year guarantee.

Here's the main service manual. Other versions are here and here.

It may be grease inside one of the switches or arcing conductors (usually due to opening the door while it's cooking) making it sticky.

This was made by Sharp, so the side panel should come off each interlock switch for inspection.

But looking at the schematic, the monitor switch cannot come into play under normal circumstances unless the door is shut and the secondary interlock (relay RY2 on the control board) is closed and (oddly, if the published schematic is to be believed) if the oven lamp relay RY1 is closed .

Everything seems to point to a bizarre problem like maybe an intermittent short of a wire to the chassis, perhaps where a wire passes through a hole or guide in the sheet metal.

Also, you might consider unplugging the hood vent motor and trying it.

Did you try it with the oven powered from another outlet?

Also be sure the neutral and hot are not reversed at the outlet and that the line voltage is correct.

Sometimes a loose neutral can be a factor. Test outlets in several area of the house to see if some are high and some are low. This can be dangerous, and the power company must be called.

If there is anything else on the same breaker, that can be a factor.

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SOURCE: My Magic Chef microwave tripped a breaker,I found a melted door switch and replaced it, the other three test ok.With the door closed everything works like new. When the door is opened the breaker blow

The only thing I can think of is check to make sure all switches are aligned correctly otherwise you will keep tripping the breaker, I'am certain that one of your switches are not properly in position.

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