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Not heating food. Everything looks and sounds right but not heating food.

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The magnitron, and diode need to be replaced. Can provide more details if you can provide make,model, and serial #

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Its likely to be the "magnatron" (selling not good) its the part that heats up the food,,,this is a pricy part to buy and fit,,,
as microwaves are now so cheap i would just get a new one

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