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Clicking sound while running

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My over-the-stove Kenmore microwave has recently started clicking when it is running. I was told to discontinue using the microwave because this could indicate a radiation leak from the microwave.

I wanted to know if there is any possibility of this being correct. If not, what do you think the problem could be & how much would it cost to replace it?

Thanks.

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  • bugmanwade Feb 10, 2008

    Loud clicking noise when running. Noise comes from right side of microwave, the clock side. If I press on the door the clicking stops, but returns when I stop pressing on the door. Its sounds like eletrical sparking, but there are no sparks or anything and the microwave still cooks.

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Not likely.

It sounds more like a failing turntable, fan or stirrer, but it would need to be checked to be sure.

If you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

You can probably find an exploded view by entering your FULL model number here: http://www3.sears.com (the 3 is correct)

Please write back with your full model number if you need further help.

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Posted on Dec 04, 2007

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