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Why does my microwave display a lock? I am unable to perform any other functions. It is plugged in properly and no circuit breakers have been tripped.

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Your keypad has a control lock, usually you press 1 or 2 buttons for a few seconds and it will lock your control, check your keypad for a small picture of a lock and hold that button until the icon on your display goes away or just read your owners manual or download one from the manufacters website

Posted on Aug 24, 2010

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    I was unable to find anything in the manual regarding a lock. Thanks! I'll try this when I get home.

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