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Microwave oven I wanted to use the timer feature on my microwave but accidentally used the cook mode. There was nothing in the microwave and it quit working. It didn't trip the breaker so that isn't the problem. Did I ruin the microwave and is it fixable?

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Hi pepper,
you may have damaged the transformer or magnetron or both, it is fixable, if you are in warranty contact the manufacturer, if not you should only have it repaired professionally which unfortunately may cost you more than a new microwave but you may want to have it checked anyway.

Posted on Mar 21, 2008

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