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The microwave was working great cooking bacon. While it was cooking the sound changed and it stopped cooking. The light was still on and it continued to rotate but it would not cook anymore. What's wrong?

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First check the h.v. diode and the h.v. capacitor,one has opened up and is not producing h.v. to operate the magnetron tube,the cap is about 4" long and oval in shape with 2 wires coming out the one end,the diode is about 1-2" long black and can be square or round and are near the magnetron tube area of the oven,chk these first they're the cheapest to replace

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