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The microwave internal light and fan will not shut off. The door doesn't seem to be closing properly to engage the switch. Microwave is only a few weeks old.

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It sounds like you have a loose door hinge or door switch mount, etc.

Since it's under warranty, the manufacturer should fix it free, so I would definitely call the manufacturer (you didn't name your brand) and have them send out a servicer.

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Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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