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Intermittent heating

From the description you have a bad latch switch on the door caused by build up of food particles or ware.

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My 7 years old dacor pmor30s microwave oven sometimes works ok, but sometimes it does not heat the food. I don't know why. Do you have any idea?

The most probable cause would be a problem with one of the door switches. When it is not working shake the door up and down and hit "start" again. If that made it work, you would need to test the switches for proper operation.

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Microwave intermittently heats. Runs like it is working fine, but most of the time the food is still frozen. If I hit the front where the numbers are, I can sometimes get it to start heating again.

Hello sweetenfamil.

Smackin' it still works! For an intermittent problem like yours, I've often tapped around on the inside components to see if I could duplicate the complaint. And that's just what you've done, except from the outside. I would say you have either a failing door switch, or a loose connection. Put a cup of cold water inside, set the timer for 1 minute and start. The first thing you will hear is the cooling fan come on. After about 1-2 seconds you,ll hear a deeper tone/hum. That's the magnatron coming on. If you don't hear the mag, pull down slightly on the door. If nothing, lift up slightly the door.If either of these starts the water heating, it is probably a failing door switch, or bad switch alignment. If the door wiggles don't work and only hitting it starts the mag, then it's probably a loose connection that your jostling.
To check and tighten the connections, the unit would have to be taken down and the outer cover taken off ,as they're not all accessible from from the front. If it is the door switch or alignment, those can be accessed through the opening behind the control panel. But that will be a fairly long write, so try the door moves first and see if that is the fix. If it is, get back to me and I'll walk you through the rest. You will need a test meter and some hand tools.

Good luck.


Mar 06, 2011 | Maytag Appliances Over-the-Range Microwave...

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The water isn't heating up

There are three parts that would cause this problem, the magnetron "heats food" is a common problem, the high voltage diode and capacitor work with the magnetron to warm or heat food can cause difficulties resulting in no action. To get to the bottom ot this you need appliance repairman or tv tech. But keep in mind depending on the problem will determine the price and maybe cheaper to buy than to repair.

Jan 28, 2011 | Microwave Ovens

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My microwave intermittently fails to heat the food. Unit runs and lights up but does not heat up food. Microwave is 4 months old. Problem just started a few days ago. tried every combination of buttons,...

Hello there:
It sounds normal, but there's no heat When the microwave sounds okay, but there's no heat, one of the internal door switches, the high voltage circuitry, or the circuit board may have a problem. To resolve this problem, you need the assistance of a qualified appliance repair technician.

Many over-the-range microwave ovens suffer from intermittent problems caused by excessive moisture from the range/stove entering the microwave cabinet and collecting on the circuitry. Often the problem is with one or two simple connections that may need tightening or soldering. But, to repair these components, the microwave cabinet needs to be opened. So we recommend that you seek the assistance of a qualified appliance repair technician.

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I have a 1993 GE spacemaker microwave/range hood combo. Everything works except that for most of the day it did not heat the food. The turntable still worked and the oven still appeared to be running. Then...

In short yes it can happen again.

Intermittent operation can be caused by a door interlock micro switch, a weak capacitor, an intermittent wiring connection from heat or poor connection, a marginally performing diode or a sticking Magnetron. Except for the Magnetron all other repairs would be worth the expense.

Repair costs and parts for most everything else will be between $65 and $100.00 depending on the part(s) replaced. Replacing the Magnetron would cost more than 50 % of the total unit replacement cost.

Jan 17, 2010 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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Intermittent reminder beeper won't shut off

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. Then let us know if the hard reset does not fix it.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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Hi there,

I have exactly the same problem - strange and annoying! Did you manage to fix it?



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Not the magnetron if intermittent. Probably a bad smartboard. Easy to replace if you know the basic precautions to take.

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