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Microwave exhuast fan

Changed the bulb in the microwave.
now when i close the door the fan turns on.
when i open the door fan turns off.

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  • radio410 Mar 01, 2008

    I have the same problem...went to replace the nite light and the fan came on and will not shut off. Can I just disconnect the fan..we never use it.

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This is usually caused by either a bad door switch, a loose door switch mount, or a problem on the control panel.

Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside.

This can be caused by slamming the door or by habitually opening the door while it's cooking without hitting the Stop pad first.

If you or a friend decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

The problem may also be on the control panel, which we regularly repair nationwide for $39.95 postpaid.

Please reply back or contact us directly if you need further assistance.

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Posted on Feb 09, 2008

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