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FUSE on Microwave still blows

Below is the history of my recent posts. I haven't heard back from my 16 Dec post yet. Can you help? Also, can you recommend a good place online to puchase parts? In researching your website showing other microwave models with similar problems, I see that my problem might be a HV transformer or capacitor. If so, is there a way to test those items on the microwave to see if they are faulty? posted by DITY Pete on Dec 11, 2007 Report abuse

About 2 months ago, you suggested I replace the monitor switch on my microwave because the unit came on when I opened the door. This fixed the problem and it has been running great since then. Just yesterday, everything stopped working, as if I unplugged the unit. I checked the house CB and the outlet for power...both OK. Is there an internal fuse that might be giving me a problem?
Comment by DITY Pete, posted on Dec 16, 2007 I replaced the ceramic fuse with an exact type (20A 250V). When I truned the microwave on, on my bench, the fuse blew again as soon as the microwave kicked in and began to draw heavy power. I tried a second fuse thinking it might have been a bad fuse, but I had the same results. Any ideas?

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  • DITY Pete Dec 21, 2007

    Thanks there a way of testing this capacitor on the microwave or does it have to be removed and/or just replaced?



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Sounds like a power supply problem. There is a capacitor in the unit which often gives problems. This may be beyond non-professional help and may have been started when you had the other failure.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007

  • Robert Hirst Dec 21, 2007

    You should replace it.



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