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Starts constant beeping with F3 on the screen

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I thought I was helping my daughter out by clenaing her kitchen, well the inside of her microwave was pretty bad and very hard to clean so I was a spray to loosen up the crusted on food. In doing so it started beeping and flashing F3 and now we can't get it to do anything. How do we saolve this?

Posted on Jul 17, 2009

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SOURCE: constant beeping

You have a shorted membrane keypad.

In some cases, just the membrane can be replaced. This is harder but cheaper. In some models, you have to replace the plastic frame, which comes with a new keypad. This costs more, but it a snap.

But it all depends on the model number.

Feel free to contact me directly (and please remind me of your full model number from the tag on the unit) for more information & help.

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

William E. Miller, AS-EET
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http://www.microwavedisplay.com
Microwave Oven Control Panel Repair Nationwide

Posted on Apr 16, 2010

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