Question about Microwave Ovens
This system does NOT respond to any type of resets etc and does NOT display accurate time or date. they can be set but within a short time they stop displaying anything accurate at all/ I have removed the batteries from the outside sensor and unplugged the unit which it seems to nothing more than a waste of time. Please help with this or the unit has to go back which is going to be very unproductive as I thought it made an great Christmas gift but instead its a nightmare
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
How long does it run before it fails? Does it look like the display is getting scrambled characters? I'm leaning toward a bad magnetron, but it may be more or less than that. If you can give more details and especially the actual full model number (as opposed to the model name Advantium 120) that would help. Thanks!
Posted on Oct 05, 2007
SOURCE: My display reads -SE-
-SE- error means you have a shorted keypad.
If you (or someone you know) might want to replace it yourself, I have uploaded a handy guide with pictures showing you what's typically involved.
You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.
There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting & testing.
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Posted on Aug 02, 2008
My Kenmore Elite microwave (don't have the model number in front of me) also mysteriously locked its own keypad (we were sitting in an adjacent room, heard a strange beep, and got up to find the LED reading "Locked."). I pressed and held down the Stop/Clear button for ~10 seconds and it returned to normal.
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
It might help to know the brand/model of the microwave, but in general, they are alike in some ways. Most have one, two, or three different switches that are part of the door interlock. This is to prevent the microwave from running with the door open (good idea). I recently repaired my 15 year old Panasonic microwave that had a similiar problem. You punched in the time, hit start, it "turned on", rotated, and sounded like it was cooking, but nothing got hot. Here is what I found.
I unplugged the oven and removed the back cover, it is usually all one piece with 6 or so screws. Inside the oven, where the door latch enters the frame, it is probably pushing on a piece that is activate one or more interlock switches. Chances are, that the switch that prevents the "power" components from turning on has failed. Over time these "microswitches" will go bad. I could "jiggle" my handle or push in on it "just right" and get it to work at times, but it needed replacing.
Now comes the part where you need a little electrical knowledge and a multimeter. You will need to check each switch to see if it has continuity when closed and that it opens up, electrically, when open. If you don't know how to do resistance checks or have a meter, ask around, you might be suprised by friends or coworkers that know how to do this. If not, you may be at the point where you will need to take it to a repair shop. If you can check the switches and find one that is bad, they only cost a few bucks, and you will be back in business. Reassembly is pretty easy.
This is the part that gets most folks, because they don't have a meter or know how to use one, a repair shop will probably want $50 - $100 bucks (minimun) and you can buy a new one for twice that. This is one reason our landfills are full of small appliance that still have a lot of life left in them. You can buy a cheap meter at Wally world or radio shack. If you want to give it a shot, follow up to this post, and I will try to walk you through this. Hope this helps.
Posted on May 30, 2009
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