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Randomly blows circuit breaker while not running, only the clock is on.

Microwave worked for 6 months then started to pop the dedicated breaker randomly. It would heat up food proprly but blow the breaker while not in use. changed the breaker to no avail. plugged it into another circuit and that blew also.

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  • sunny07 Dec 04, 2007

    I have a GE brand Microwave and randomly trips the circuit breaker. Sometimes we try 4,5 times after resetting the breaker before it works. Appreciate any suggestions.....

  • Peggycruis Feb 25, 2008

    my husband thought he was setting the timer on the microwave but programmed cook clock instead..microwave ran for 15 minutes with nothing in it and then it made a popping sound and completely stopped working..what do I do??????

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    circuit breaker blown after that microwave would not start

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Normally when the circuit breaker blows, it a bad door switch or door switch mount.

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