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Power shuts down after running about 2 min. then after 5 min, power goes back on

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Sounds like thermal cut out/ Clear away anything from vents then try

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RE: Samsung microwave SMH7187STG mfg'd 5/08. I heated cup of tea 2 min.Then I closed micro's door & micro emitted a continuous electrical buzzing sound.I opened door & buzzing stopped.


The cook relay on your control board is shorted, and the unit is cooking whenever you close the door.

When the magnetron overheats, its thermostat opens, shutting power down until the unit cools to a safe level, then power is restored.

I regularly repair these with my $54.95 service, which includes insured return shipping.

Details are here, or for full information and instructions, please e-mail me here at pupista@gmail.com and remind me of your full model number and symptoms.

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My sharp R409Y*A microwave overheats after 4 min every time and shuts itself off for a few min. It will turn itself back on, but if I use it right away, it will shut itself off again quicker.


I would say your cooling ran is not running, or your vent holes are blocked, or (if equipped) a filter is blocked.

Without the cooling fan, the magnetron overheats and its TCO (thermostat) shuts down all power to the oven until it cools back down to a safe temperature, then power is restored.

Feel free to e-Mail me at pupista@gmail.com if you need more free advice.

Sep 19, 2016 | Sharp Microwave Ovens

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Does not matter what the setting is on,the microwave will only run for 2 min. and then shut off. It is only 5 yrs old.


Please check all the poer connections on the power side, the magnetron section. specially the capacitor. Also if there is fault on the control processor board.
This can trip off the power and reset. possible loose connection or even if the outlet power - if it is lower when the microwave starts.

Feb 18, 2011 | Magic Chef MCD1311ST Microwave Oven

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Stopped working although power is still going to the fridge, the dials read - freezer 2 C and fridge 14 C...


Shut off fridgge and power on after some 6 hours. If the temperature in freezer goes to below -5( ideal -18) then the system is working fine. If the freezing stops after several hours then it is possible that the thermostat is not working or the auto defrost timer is not shutting off the system,
However is there is no cooling then the compressor or gas pressure is down.
check this out to confirm

Aug 27, 2010 | Microwave Ovens

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The microwave keeps shutting off


I would suspect the internal cooling fan is not running, or the vents are blocked.

This would cause the magnetron to overheat, then the magnetron's thermostat on the magnetron opens, interrupting all power until it cools down.

This is to protect the magnetron from being destroyed.

We have a sound clip of what a microwave should sound like when the cooling fan and high voltage section are operating here.

Feel free to contact me directly (and please remind me of your full model number from the tag on the unit) for more information & help.

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May 03, 2010 | Magic Microwave Ovens

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I have a sharp microwave mod.#r-1870 you can set it for 5 mins.it will run 59 sec.then shut down you start it right back and it will run 59 sec. and shut down again.


i think there are some problem occured with the autocut n timer....its a genuine prob go to any electrician...thnx

Feb 26, 2010 | Microwave Ovens

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I PUT A POTATO IN FOR 6 MIN. AND AFTER ABOUT 2 MIN. IT SHUTS DOWN AND A MIN OR SO LATER IT STARTS UP AGAIN ,BUT THE TIME STILL COUNTS DOWN AND THE TURNTABLE IS STILL TURNING, AND YESTERDAY I HAD TO UNPLUG...


it sounds like it is overheating. but if only stops for a minute or so dont know if that would be enough time to cool off.When you start it up can you hear the fan running? does it keep running when it shuts down? if it's not running then thats the problem If the fan is running and shuts down when it shuts down then try shaking the door when you start it up the next time or you can try it the first time just to eliminate it being a faulty interlock switch. let me know about what you find about these two ideas.

Sep 02, 2009 | Sanyo Microwave Ovens

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Works up to about 5 min. then waits about 20 min. to cook again. HELP


When you say shuts off, do you mean it goes dead as if someone unplugged it, or does it stop as if someone hit the Stop pad?

If it is going dead, it sounds like the magnetron is overheating and opening the thermostat.

This can be caused when the internal cooling fan is not running or by a magnetron that is failing.

When I say internal cooling fan, I do not mean the hood vent exhaust fan which you can turn on and off manually.

I'm instead talking about the internal fan which comes on automatically whenever you microwave.

It is vital that the cooling fan runs, or the magnetron will be destroyed.

If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical safety information and disassembly information at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa.

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting & testing.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Sep 28, 2008 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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Your magnetron is overheating, causing the magnetron thermostat to open, which kills all power to the oven until it cools back down.

Is the internal cooling fan running when you cook? Are all the air vents clear? If not, the magnetron can be destroyed.

If you or someone you know wants to look into this, we have critical safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383

There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting & testing.

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Jul 02, 2008 | GE Microwave Ovens

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