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Took 12 minutes to heat up a roast beef sandwich (not frozen).

Today suddenly it took 12 minutes to heat up a room-temperature roast beef sandwich at full power. I tried heating it up for 2 minutes at a time -- even after 12 it wasn't hot. Then it made a funny "pbsst" noise and the lcd and light went out. 10 minutes later it came back on with "reset" on the lcd. I am guessing it overheated? What should I make of the non-heating element? And is the sandwich even safe to eat after having been irradiated for 12 minutes!? The microwave itself is 9 years old -- magnetron tube still under warranty but nothing else is. Suggestions for next steps? The oven is mounted in the wall... Thanks!!

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Hi there!
My guess would be that the magnetron is faulty. If you have a testmeter, unplug the terminals on the magnetron and measure between the body of the magnetron and either one of the terminals. There should be no reading. If you have a reading it is faulty. Then also check the High Voltage Cap. Cylindrical shaped metal item with two terminals. I would replace the Cap anyway. It's 9 Years old. Conclusion: Magnetron is faulty, runs Hot and then switches off the machine on the Thermal switch(located on top of the Magnetron). No problem with the food. Be sure to unplug the Mains before you check it out. The Cap may also still be charged so do take precaution. Good Luck,JUS004

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