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Wiil not heat anything everything else works lights all looks and sounds like it working but nothing gets cooked!!

The problem is that the food does't come out hot it sounds like its working evrything else is fine display board light etc all fine it does occasionally start up the fan for no reason I thought it was because the oven was on below??? I've tried unplugging and allowing it to reset but nothing

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It might help to know the brand/model of the microwave, but in general, they are alike in some ways. Most have one, two, or three different switches that are part of the door interlock. This is to prevent the microwave from running with the door open (good idea). I recently repaired my 15 year old Panasonic microwave that had a similiar problem. You punched in the time, hit start, it "turned on", rotated, and sounded like it was cooking, but nothing got hot. Here is what I found.
I unplugged the oven and removed the back cover, it is usually all one piece with 6 or so screws. Inside the oven, where the door latch enters the frame, it is probably pushing on a piece that is activate one or more interlock switches. Chances are, that the switch that prevents the "power" components from turning on has failed. Over time these "microswitches" will go bad. I could "jiggle" my handle or push in on it "just right" and get it to work at times, but it needed replacing.
Now comes the part where you need a little electrical knowledge and a multimeter. You will need to check each switch to see if it has continuity when closed and that it opens up, electrically, when open. If you don't know how to do resistance checks or have a meter, ask around, you might be suprised by friends or coworkers that know how to do this. If not, you may be at the point where you will need to take it to a repair shop. If you can check the switches and find one that is bad, they only cost a few bucks, and you will be back in business. Reassembly is pretty easy.
This is the part that gets most folks, because they don't have a meter or know how to use one, a repair shop will probably want $50 - $100 bucks (minimun) and you can buy a new one for twice that. This is one reason our landfills are full of small appliance that still have a lot of life left in them. You can buy a cheap meter at Wally world or radio shack. If you want to give it a shot, follow up to this post, and I will try to walk you through this. Hope this helps.

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