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Our microwave safety quite working and it will not turn on unless you push up on the door

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It's probably as simple as a door switch or maybe its mount is loose.

On these models, it's most often the bottom door switch.

See this helpful file on door switches.

We also have the full service manual and have uploaded it to our site here to help you.

If you only need a switch, you can order a universal type here for $5 postpaid.

You can order other parts here.

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