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Fire in Microwave Using Sensor Control for Potato

Using the Sensor Control for Potato cooking a Sweet Potato (which we've done numerous times previously) - the cooking time went much longer than expected - all of a sudden we noticed that the fan had stopped. We stepped into the kitchen and there was smoke everywhere - the sweet potato was a crisp and had embers glowing. The house was quickly filled with smoke. The microwave is totally unresponsive - did not trip the circuit breaker. Question, can it be repaired, it worth repairing, or do we need to start shopping. What do you suggest?

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Re: Fire in Microwave Using Sensor Control for Potato

Please contact your home insurance to have the problem logged as a failure of the microwave. The insurance company will most likely help you with the smoke damage to the house and will contact the manufacturer to get their money back... there might be an issue with the manufacturing of these appliances.

Posted on Jun 27, 2008

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Mmost modern microwaves have a flame sensor inside that will shut the microwave down completely in case flames get too high.

Then the cooling fan and power will shut off, and the fire will almost certainly be smothered pretty quickly due to a lack of air inside the oven.

Also, the inside is metal, thus the only fuel for the fire would have been the potato, which would not have lasted long.

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The fire probably occured due to a dry or irregular spot in the skin of the potato. Once it's dry, it will of course burn much easier.

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