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First up, Microwave Ovens are very dangerous items to work on so unless you are qualified to do so DO NOT attempt repairs yourself. Call a repair man.

NOTE. Some repairs are just not cost effective so it may be cheaper just to replace the microwave oven.

FYI. The most likely issue will be one of the following

  • Magnetron is fried. Resistance between the magnetron terminals should be less than 3 ohms. Resistance from the magnetron terminal to ground should be infinite.
  • Fried HV capacitor. Use your ohm meter to test it.
  • Fried control board. If power is going to the board but not going off to the other components, the board is bad and needs to either be replaced or track down the bad connection (GE / Hotpoint).
  • HV Rectifier is shorted or open. Test forward and reverse bias with a megohmmeter. If continuity in both directions, rectifier is shorted, replace. If no continuity in either direction, rectifier is open, replace.
  • Defective HV power supply. Test voltages.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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