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We had a spark occur in the upper right corner of the front panel of our Spacesaver Micro. The clock, lights and fan still work but the micro makes a strang sound and doesn't heat anything. Is it worth having a repair person look at it or should we replace it?

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That is a question you will have to ask yourself.

Everything is fixable, the issue is the price. Sparking inside in not a good thing (see more below. Strange sounds are not good. A repair guy will probably want $50.00 to look at your oven.

Frequently, sparking is caused because there is some flat metal surface in the oven (a spoon you left in the soup). Round metal surfaces are ok in a microwave, flat surfaces reflect the radiation. If such a reflection happens to reflect back into the magnatron, that would not be a good thing.

Depending upon the age of the device and your handiness and your finances (including your investment in this oven) you must do something - . Fix it (call the man) or replace it; don't let this go

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