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He's Dead, Jim! Died when door opened, but Usual Suspects clear?

After a short cooking run with my 3year old je2160 bf03, when opened to stop cooking the unit died. After reading the standard responses here/elsewhere, I presumed one of the switches was defective and had blown the fuse. Power supply/other outlets are OK.
I opened the case, grounded the HV capacitor and removed the 20A ceramic fuse (blown - infinite resistance per ohmeter to the fuse).
I checked all three switches (alignment/latch function correct), pulled all three (look good - the upper and lower ones #1445, 1446 show full resistance when open, none when switch button pushed closed; the center switch #2010 shows no resistance when open, full resistance hen switch button pushed closed).
Now I'm stuck...

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  • lspooz May 13, 2009

    D'Oh!!!!

    The simple solution was overlooked - all the switches and power relay checked out, but I did notice a little looseness at the lower end of the assembly when I took it apart - sure enough, JUST replacing the fuse AND retightening fixed it.... YES.



    Thanks for the advice!!

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    On the two upper & lower switches, a reading between the common (C) and normally open (NO) terminals should read infinite resistance when the switch is not activated (door open) and zero ohms when the switches are activated (door closed).

    The middle switch's terminals are common (C) and normally closed (NC) and they will read just the opposite when compared to the upper and lower switches..

    Is that what you're getting?

    If so, then you may still have a timing issue when you open or close the door OR one of the switches may be sticking.

    See
    http://www.microwavedisplay.com/doorsw.t...

    Door switch
    or mount trouble is usually caused by slamming the door or by opening
    the
    door while it's cooking without hitting the Stop pad first.

    Let us know how it goes.

  • Jerry Naidoo May 11, 2010

    Did you replace fuse and try again ?

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