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Microwave oven stopped working

Timer works and counts down but micro wave does not turn and turn table does not spin. Fan works. Light works. Is this common? Can it be fixed? Should I buy a new one?

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  • impalor Mar 09, 2008

    we have the FMV156EMA with the same problem. I push up on the door and it will work. I am pretty sure its the interlock switch. I would like to know how to repair this.

  • upset12345 Apr 03, 2008

    Same problem. When I lift up on the door it works. Only 6 months old. Still under warranty. An authorize service technician could not fix the problem. As a matter of fact, after he took it apart to get to the latch,circuit board, etc. and put it back together again nothing worked. Company will replace the unit.

  • Anonymous Jun 19, 2008

    Hi I have the same problem light works , pad works ..shows timing count down but turn table not working and micro wave not heating up anything



    how old are your microwaves mine was purchased Oct 2005 ?

  • Hawaiigirl1 Jun 19, 2008

    Hi I have the same exact problem i just tried it out and yes you were right its the door if i push on it it works



    This microwave by frigidaire is only 2 1/2 years old....is this fare that i should pay for a new door ?



    Seems like this may be a manfacturers defect ? should they not replace for free ?

  • k10bill Jul 09, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. My Micro cooks the food when I push the door in. I would think the Manuf. would cover this? How do I replace the interlock switch?

  • republictimw Jul 27, 2008

    I had the exact same problem and was on my way out to buy a new $500+ over the range microwave when I read all of these postings.... I pushed up slightly on the door and voila! it worked. I'm guess I'll try cleaning out the door catches and see if that solves it (though I suspect the small black and red proximity switch is the problem). What a poor design

  • bstehr Dec 10, 2008

    I have the same problem. Mine was purchased in Oct 2005. If I push up on the door it works as long as I hold the door up. What do you suggest in solving the issue?

  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2008

    Ditto.  My Frigidaire microwave is 3 yrs, 3 months old and it stopped cooking.  I push the door up just like you said, and it starts working again....has anyone called Frigidaire to get a solution?  Can't believe this is happening to so many and nothing's being done by the company to fix it.

  • trihe Jan 13, 2009

    Diddo! So glad I found these posts. I was able to use a small metal ring from an old key chain. I shimmied it between the bottom of the door and the hinge. I want to remind everyone to make sure you report it to Frigidaire:
    http://www.frigidaire.com/contact_us_oth...
    They can't remedy the problem if they not know about it.

    Good Luck.
    Trina.


  • Susan Sprin Feb 04, 2009

    My Frigidaire microwave quit working in the middle of heating dinner the other night. It does exactly the same thing. The lights come on and the timer counts down, but the heating element does not work and it makes no sound. It works if I hold the door up and in. This seems to be VERY common, as my mother's did the same thing a few months before mine did. Her's was less than a year old and mine is only a year and a few months old. The problem is a faulty 'door closed sensor' according to my mother's repairman.

    I am reporting this problem to Frigidaire and to the builder's supply where it was purchased. This seems to be a recallable defect, although the repairman charged my mother $77 for a service call plus parts because "the door closed sensor is not covered by warranty".

    I would not recommend Frigidaire products based on these experiences.

  • TMGILBERT Mar 01, 2009

    I AM SO GLAD I FOUND THIS WEBSITE.........JUST READ THESE POSTS AND VIOLA!!! PROBLEM SOLVED. JUST WOKE MY HUSBAND UP WHO WAS LAYING ON THE COUCH AND TOLD HIM NOT TO WORRY, I FIXED THE MICROWAVE. ALL I DID WAS LIFT UP ON THE DOOR AND IT WORKS..........IN THIS BAD ECONOMY I WAS WORRIED ABOUT HAVING TO FOOT THE BILL FOR ANOTHER BUILT IN MICROWAVE...........

  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    Same problem with my Frigijunk microwave. If I bent the lower hinge up a little bit, do you think that would solve the problem?

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    I am experiencing the same problem with a microwave just about 2 years old. For those who have had the problem with the door sensor, is there a permanent fix that doesn't end up costing almost as much as buying a new microwave?

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    I am sooo glad I found this page. I had the same problem and would have called a service center but it was closed. Thank goodness. Such an easy fix.

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    Absolutely PERFECT!!!!!!!

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OMG!!! This was perfect. I had the same problem. Timer was on but the fan nor the table turned. Just when I was about to take the thing and chuck it in the trash, I thought I'd give the above method a try. I turned the microwave on, and nudged the door sligthly upwards.... miracle! it started to work. to make it permanent, I took the door off (the cap on the inside of the door, on the upper hinge needed to be removed with a flat head screwdriver, very easy, just pry it off). Once I took the door off, I placed a small washer on the bottom hinge to raise the door slightly. Put the door and hinge cap back on... and Voila! The microwave works now. Thanks for the help guys...

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  • marcrileytx Dec 11, 2010

    PRAISE THE LORD! I love the internet! haha. Mine wasn't an exact model, but the solution for raising the door up a smidge worked. Whew. This made my day!

  • marcrileytx Feb 06, 2011

    Well it worked for a while...now my microwave doesn't work at all. ****...

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This is how I just got my unit to work about 5 min. ago. I folded over cardboard until it was the right thickness and shoved it under the bottom hinge. It raised the door, oven started, and I ate my hot lasagna.

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Most microwave ovens are worth fixing if you like the features and the interior is in good condition with no corrosion or holes. Also, check the door to make sure there is no corrosion where the door meets the front of the microwave chamber.

When everything else works, but it won't heat food, there's a good possibility that it has a worn out magnetron tube or defective rectifier. It could cost around 70 - 90% of the cost of a new one to get this fixed. You'll need to have it checked by a qualified technician to get a good estimate that includes everything needed to fix it right.

A defective door interlock switch could also cause something like this, which would be much less expensive to fix.

Did this problem begin suddenly, or did the microwave slowly lose its ability to heat things up? If slowly, it's probably the magnetron (and/or capacitor or rectifier).

Posted on Jan 20, 2008

  • bwillis70 Feb 14, 2011

    Same exact problem here. Manufacturer date March 2005, model 7G51202143. This seems to be a construction defect and Frigidaire ought to take care of anyone with these problems. I've also had a touch pad go bad, 2 handles break off, one other thing (I forget what it was) and now this.

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A more permanent fix is to thread a 4" cable tie around the bottom hinge post, place the cable tie end throught the "gripper", pull tight and then cut off the tag end.

Be sure to find a cable tie that is the right thickness.

I found that with my fix, I had to nudge the door upwards to finally start the cooking mechanism.

Posted on May 23, 2010

  • Ryan Brown Oct 01, 2011

    10/1/2011 - I experienced the same issue, the microwave would not work unless I lifted the door. I found the post very helpful. I added two small washers on the bottom hinge and the microwave works fine. It only took 10 minutes. There is a plastic cover on the back of the door, upper right hand side next to the top hinge. Pull the cover off, and lift from the bottom and the door should come off. Place two small washers on the bottom post, the position the top of the door.

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Don't be fooled by the solution to lift up on the handle to get the microwave to work. We had our over the range Frigidaire for a little over 3 years and it did the same thing. Been pushing up on the handle for a month and now it doesn't work at all. No matter how far I push the handle up or in it will not work. I have all Frigidaire appliances and I am truly regretting it. Already had to replace a door sensor on my Frigidaire washer machine. These things are JUNK! Don't buy them!

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I can't believe I didn't find this link earlier. I was just about to take a voltmeter and test the door switches when I saw this solution. I combed through so much information on the internet about what could possibly cause this issue, but nothing told me to check the door and lift it up. My microwave was in pieces trying to figure it all out before I saw this. Just plugged my microwave in, lifted the door handle and voila! Thanks so much for posting this, it has now saved me time and money. Model is CFMV156DC

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