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Make it stop!

After tripping the household breaker by accidentally touching the bottom light socket (live) with a screwdriver - I know, I know - stupid move on my part - the microwave now runs constantly. Punching any or all of the buttons has no effect. The only way to shut it down is to flip the household breaker switch. What is happening here? How can I fix it?

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Re: Make it stop!

The problem is almost certainly on the control panel, which we regularly repair nationwide for $39.95 postpaid.

This light failure often occurs when a bulb goes out and the filament shorts, or when the bulbs are removed or installed without first unplugging the oven from the power line. Either can cause such a failure on the controller.

This often can affect the exhaust fan operation, too. The lights and fan can be inopoerable or stuck on.

If you or a friend decide to look into it, we have critical safety information and disassembly information at our site, linked here on Fixya:

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here:

Posted on Oct 22, 2007

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