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My xl1800 spacesaver microwave makes a loud squeaky sound when it's running. When I stop it I can hear the spinning slowing down and the sound goes away until I restart it. I'm afraid that it may blow up. Is there anything that I can do to fix this?

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HI, this may be just an isolated issue that concerns the integrity of the fan housing, or fan itself. the motor may be failing slowly. A mis-aligned fan shroud can cause this as well.

I recommend removing the cover to check for any visible signs of misalignment around the fan housing. if the housing is not shifted or loose, the fan motor will be the culprit.

Have it replaced asap, in this case.

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It seems that there is some problem with the turntable ( the thing u put food on to )of the microwave oven and there might be a problem with the fan (there is also a fan in the oven called a blower fan) called the stirrer or blower.
do get your microwave checked, do not open it yourself.

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