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Microoven stops after 3 to 4 minutes and then it can be started only after 15 to 20 minutes cooling again it trips after 3 minutes

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The thermocouple located on the magnetron is either weak and sensitive to heat and goes out too soon,otherwise it can be the magnetron tube itself starting to draw too much current and overheating which would lead to this component shutting off power to the magnetron tube,if it doesnt seem too hot when it shuts off,then its this thermocouple on the magnetron tube

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