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Louder than normal noise when using and bad 'burning' smell

When i start my microwave oven for a second it sounds normal but immediately (1 second) after starting, it makes louder than normal noise and appears to be functioning when then a terrible burning smell appears; it is working fine otherwise (control panel, light, etc.)

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  • jmagno Feb 25, 2008

    thx very much; i suspected that is what it was after looking around the internet; i will not be repairing this myself. One important question as it relates to my situation, could this have been caused by a power surge; we had a power failure several days before which affectd my stove/oven?

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    electrical smell when it runs---normal?

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You need to stop using your microwave if it's burning. This is a common symptom of a blown magnetron. Using it in it's current condition is not only dangerous, but it will further damage other components in the high voltage circuit and/or waveguide. In many circumstances, damaging the waveguide renders a microwave non-repairable. A new magnetron will cost you around $100 if you wish to repair this yourself. NOTE: I would not recommend working in or around the high voltage circuitry unless you absolutely know what you are doing. Do not attempt to take any live voltage measurements or operate the oven with any of the protective covers removed or interlocks defeated. Voltage potentials of over 13,000 volts exist and are potentially dangerous. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Feb 20, 2008

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Feb 25, 2008

    Could very well have been caused by a power surge. I have seen significatn damage caused by electrical storms too. This may something a home owner's insurance policy may cover...just a thought.

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