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I have a GE microwave that is barely a year old. Recently, my husband was heating up some melting chocolate and white sparks started flying within the microwave. When we opened it, all we saw was that some of the inside coating paint had chipped off. Is there a way to eliminate the white sparks? Do you think it is the chipped coating that caused it? I do not want to have to buy a new microwave if I can help it. Thanks!

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Very difficult to explain briefly as microwaves are truly complex.
You will almost certainly have 2 problems. 1)You need to carefully sandpaper the area where the paint is peeling off and "only paint with appliance paint as this does not have lead in it and 2)The sparks are due to a variety of things, but the most obvious, replace your main capacitor and HV diode. This combination is the normal culprit for arching. If it continues after that, the Magnatron needs replacement as well (Unfortunately, for first time diagnosis, electrical testing equiptment is needed.)

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