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Same problem - panel out - no light

Same. Everything stopped working. tried to reset circuit breaker and tested if the outlet has power, it has. but microwave does not work. no light. panel does not work.

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  • skc242 Jul 20, 2009

    thanks for the tip. i tried replacing the ceramic fuse (i guess this is what you are referring to?) but it still does not work. no light, no panel.. it happened when we had a power surge..

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Open and remove outside panel. Inside next to the plug in (power supply) there will be a glass fuse. Look inside the fuse and see if you can see a thin metal wire running across the entire glass tube. If it does not touch end-to-end, then it should be replaced.
If the fuse is good, then you may have faulty power supply or even bad circuit board.

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