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Whirlpool Microwave Model MH3184XP will not power up after power failure

We had a power failure after a storm but the microwave worked fine. Then one morning a couple of days later the display had PF and the time. After coming home that afternoon, the display was blank. Check breacker and outlet and they are ok.

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  • Big Oz Feb 14, 2008

    The hard reset didn't work. My brother checked a fuse that was located in the top right corner behind the plastic grill and it was still good. No electricity getting to it though...........thanks....

  • Anonymous May 05, 2008

    no power at all. outlet good. main fuse good.next fuse seems to be open but i can't read the value need schematic

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2009

    WHERE IS THE RESET BUTTON LOCATED???

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The first thing to try is a "hard reset". Unplug it from the power line for a few minutes, plug it back in, set the clock, then try again. Let us know if the hard reset doesn't fix it.

If not, then you may have a problem is on the control panel, which we repair nationwide for $39.95 postpaid.

We have full details, plus *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site. You'll find a link to our site in our
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Posted on Feb 13, 2008

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    William Miller Feb 15, 2008

    It sounds like you and your brother may be willing & able to check some things?

    If so, I would first refer you back to the safety information at my site linked above. Safety first.

    We also have disassembly info that can help. Essentially, you unplug the oven, remove the grille, then you'll see one screw holding the control panel on.

    Once that screw is removed, you generally lift up and out to ease the control panel away from the chassis.

    If you detach any wires, be sure you mark or photograph them to be sure every one gets back where it came from.

    Most recent Whirlpool microwaves have a "mini-manual" hidden behind the control panel below the control circuit board. It's very handy for troubleshooting.

    I would suggest that you check the internal fuse and the magnetron thermostat, then if it has one, the cavity or oven thermostat. All those should read "closed" or virtually zero on an ohmmeter.

    It probably has a hood thermostat on the floor of the chassis. It will normally read "open" virtually infinity on the ohmmeter.

    If the fuses, and thermostats check good, the problem may be on the board. Refer back to my previous posts if you think that might be it.

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

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