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Runs when door is closed, only way to stop it is to unplug the unit.

Close the door and the unit starts running. All front panel buttons work (including the clear button) but will not stop the unit from running. Let it run a few seconds or so and touch the glass plate inside and plate is warm/hot, so heating is taking place. Could this be caused by faulty door switch? plus how to remove cover due to two lower torque screws that seem to require a special tool with a hollow center in the tip.

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Re: Runs when door is closed, only way to stop it is to...

It's likely a bad switch or switch mount.

Some models use an tamper-resistant screw which can be removed with a specially-designed tool available from home improvement stores & appliance parts stores.

But some folks just use a hammer to tap and loosen the screw, then a "star", t-type, or small flathead screwdriver can be used to remove the screw. (see photo)

Sometimes the screws are tough, so you may only be able to just bend the post slightly with a punch, then a small flat blade will "grab" enough to turn the screw. Pliers on the handle will help, too.

Another creative solution is to use a hacksaw or a Dremel tool to carefully cut a slot in the head so a flatblade will fit it.

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Re: Runs when door is closed, only way to stop it is to...

Sounds like it has a faulty door switch. These are call safety torx. You can purchase them at most stores that sell tools, like Sears, Lowe's, Home Depot for example.

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