Question about Amana ACO1860 Microwave Oven
Suddenly, the bottom buttons on the touchpad have stopped working - vent, turntable, and light sensor controls. Any suggestions??
Well.........Here is what I did. Some buttons did not work. Could not turn on the light, vent, cancel, any of the dumb little "popcorn, potato, beverage" or any of those buttons. I could, however, hit say, 33 and Start and it would cook for 33 seconds. You had to go the full 33 seconds because the Cancel button did not work (trouble if you accidentally entered 3333).
So, took the touchpad box off of the microwave and proceeded to clean all of the contacts on everything that had a contact. I used Isopropyl Alcohol and a Cue-tip to clean everything gently but fully. I paid lots of attention to the contacts on the green plastic "strip" as there was quite a bit of black stuff on the contacts themselves and on the strip. I don't suppose that it was a problem being on the strip as I think that the wires are on the inside of the plastic, but I cleaned it anyways.
The connector that connects the circuit board to the touchpad (green plastic strip) was a little tricky to seat back into the proper location as the plastic connector sort of became a "free agent" and did not want to line up properly. I found that it went easy once I determined that all you had to do was seat the connections into the connector and then seat the clip on top of the whole thing.
Well, I reconnected everything, plugged it back in, and everything worked just fine. My opinion is that the black stuff was either dust that collected and combined with the steam or maybe even some sort of mold or mildew that grew in that nice, warm, moist environment.
I was about to do one of 3 things: 1) Buy a replacement Control Board ($159.99); 2) Buy a replacement Touchpad ($39.99); or buy a replacement microwave ($329.99).
My cost to fix this? $000.00. Try it first if you have a similar problem. Good Luck!
Posted on Aug 28, 2012
Do they beep when you press them?
Do you hear any clicks when you press them?
Either way, it sounds like a problem in the control panel assembly, which we repair for $39.95 nationwide.
We have full details, plus *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site. You'll find a link to our site in our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk
Please feel free to write back with more details if you need further help.
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Posted on Jan 01, 2008
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