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What is a reasonable cost for a house call to replace probably a magnetron tube. Should I just replace the whole oven?

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Personally, I would get a nice new oven with a warranty. It WILL cost about the same, depending on the Model etc, but unfortunately. a magnetron depending on whats what, can be up to $100.00,+, add to that, say one hours labour say $50 - $80.00, plus travel of say $25.00. You do the math....

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