Question about Frigidaire FMV156DC Microwave Oven
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?
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...
Posted on Jun 01, 2010
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.
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
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
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
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!
Posted on Jan 28, 2011
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
Posted on Nov 25, 2013
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