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Microwave oven my microwave oven sparks when i try to use it

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  • roberta3fan May 11, 2010

    where is the sparking coming from? The oven or above it

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Post where it is arching from. Always test the unit with something in it. Like a cup of water. On a household model, it is not usually worth fixing.

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