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Overcooked potato overcooked the microwave

My husband microwaved a potato for 5 minutes which turned out to be probably 50 minutes and during the cooking fell asleep. Beside the lump of charcoal and smoke the oven now is dead. No power. The breaker did not trip. Is this case hopeless? Can it be fixed or is a new oven the solution.

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The magnetron probably overheated, blowing the thermal cutout / thermal fuse / thermostat mounted on it.

If you or a friend decide to look into it, we have critical safety and
disassembly information at our site, linked here on Fixya: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383

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