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While baking a sweet potato, the potato exploded and caught on fire. The microwave no longer works.a fire bro

I was baking a sweet potato that was unwrapped. The potato exploded and caught fire and the microwave stopped working. I dowsed the fire with a cup of water and carefully removed the charred potato and the rotating plate it was on.

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  • william rodriguez Apr 02, 2014

    Hi James Morfino, I want to help you with your problem, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box? does the unit light up or is it totally dead

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    James Morfino Apr 03, 2014

    Hi William, nothing lights up; the power went off when the potato exploded and caught fire. I doused the fire with a cup of water but the microwave had already stopped working. We had just baked one sweet potato about 10 minutes previous. Then, with the 2nd potato I was waiting for the timer to go off because it was on the automatic setting to bake sweet potatos, but that never happened. The explosion and fire occurred. Many thanks for your time and advice.

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I haven't heard of such a thing. You must have cooked it until there was no moisture left in the potato. That would also account for the failure of the oven. It would be the same as no load in the oven.
A thermal protect part is your current problem.

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SOURCE: BAked Potato caught on fire in GE Microwave

Fuse is behind the control panel. Has cavity sensors and a magnatron thermal disc also. Start with the fuse and then pull it down if not the problem. Eric

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SOURCE: sweet potatoe caught fire in my microwve

the magnatron super heated the paper combined with what we in the industry call super combust your micro should be ok to use just keep it clean and if you use toweling wraP it around rather than cover

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If for some reason you don't have your owner's manual, you can download Frigidaire owner's manuals and installation instructions here.

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