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Don't know if magnetron has burned out

Had microwave on for 58 minutes when I thought I just had the timer on. Part of plastic vent melted. Is it safe to try the microwave? How do I know if the magnetron is gone?

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You can find links to part ordering help here.

I'd recommend that your bookmark this link to your favorites.

You should remove or replace the melted part and try the oven with a cup full of water in it.

If it arcs & sparks, the magnetron and/or waveguide may be damaged.

If it runs fine, you may get lucky and only have to replace the part that melted.

We may have the full service manual at our site which you can view and download free. But we would need to know that all-important model number.

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