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Turns on and then quickly makes a low sound and doesn't heat.

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Its the magnetron and possibly the diode

Posted on Feb 06, 2010

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That's probably a shorted high voltage diode or a bad magnetron.

Sometimes a failed magnetron sounds like someone gurgling into an empty coffee cup.

We have the service manual for this model and have uploaded it to our site here to help you.

You will need the free Adobe Reader to view or print it.

Here are some links you or someone you know can use for test help, but read their safety warnings first:

http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/diode.html
http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/mag_test.html
http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/xformer.html

The best place to order Sharp parts is Tritronics.

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

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