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Whirlpool Microwave after cooking fan on when door closed

When you close the door on the microwave after cooking, the fan comes on and stays on. However, if I wait an hour or so, I can usually close the door and the fan will not come on and the light will go out. But, after a couple of minutes, the light and fan come on again. . . .I know sounds crazy but that is what's happening.

I disassembled the microwave and with an ohm meter checked all three door switches, they were all operational. Also checked the mechanics of the door, and it tripped all three door switches, no problem.

So, the control panel for this model has been discontinued. So my only solution is to determine if there are any serviceable parts on the control panel OR buy a new microwave/oven combination at about $2,000.

Thanks for your help.

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Guess I'm an impatient person, took microwave to service center this morning. Hopefully, have it fixed by this afternoon. Thanks.

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