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Will not turn on - says F-3

Will not turn on - says F-3

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F3 on a GE / Hotpoint microwave means you have a shorted membrane keypad.

If and when an oven is coming on or doing anything by itself, this is very dangerous and can result in a fire.

So until it is repaired, please leave it unplugged or leave the door open when it's not in use, and of course one should never leave a microwave unattended while cooking.

Please contact us with your full model number for free tips, advice, and an estimate.

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