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Door problem??? When we shut the microwave door the light stays on as if it didn't shut. Then you can't start it b/c it thinks its open.

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  • GCochran Mar 23, 2008

    Same problem. The microwave thinks the door is open, and it will not work. We have a GE spacemaker that is only 3 months old. It has been great until this started. The only way to get the light off is to unplug it.

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2008

    I HAVE A QUESTION HOW DO YOU TAKE OFF THE MICROWAVE DOOR

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ALMOST IN EVERY OVEN THERE ARE TWO INTERLOCKS
FOR THE DOOR YOU MAY HAVE A BAD ONE. YOU MUST
TAKE IT APART TO FINE THE BAD ONE AND REPLACE IT.

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