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Frigidaire glmv169dqc microwave

Microwave is barely 2 years old to the month. touch pad does not seem to be working rite. most of the buttons dont work at all, and only two of them acttualy do something. like the lowest button on the left side is not for the night light but thats what it turns on and off now. another on the right side is not for the fan but it too wants to operate somthing that its not intended. it will not start at all. please help, still in brand new shape, just want to fix it. thanks bobby

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  • Bobby Hays May 11, 2008

    the micro has power to it, and the lite comes on, but it will not start. and the readout is screwed up. keeps saying like "press 2 to start" or some times nothing at all. touch pad doesnt work at all except the two buttons that i mentioned, and they arent the buttons for what they control now. i dont have the product in front of me, so i cant say what the buttons are intended for. "example"(the button mite be the pop corn button, but now it is operating the night light. the other mite be for soup but it now controls the fan)!! thats about the extent of the info that i can explain. just one day started this and that was that. please help. thanks

  • Bobby Hays May 11, 2008

    any kind of idea about what is wrong with this microwave would be greatly appreciated.

  • Bobby Hays May 11, 2008

    any kind of idea about what is wrong with this microwave would be greatly appreciated.



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Hello Biggboo,

It is dificult to say what exactly might be wrong with your microwave, but based on my long distance diagnosis, I'd say its most likely, the control panel circuitry that is screwed up. You will need to get it serviced by a professional, as it is not recommended opening up microwaves if you have no experience. Even when unplugged, there is a capacitor inside which holds upto 2000v charge. You could try to get the control board/electronics replaced. However, in my honest opinion, the cheaper (and probably better) option would be to go in for a new microwave..:)

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    Swilin Sampson May 11, 2008

    here are some more tips:
    Look carefully for any visible signs of damage or spills. The touchpads
    often use pressure sensitive resistive elements which are supposed to be
    sealed. However, any damage or just old age may permit spilled liquid
    to enter and short the sensors. A week or so of drying may cure these
    problems. If there is actual visible damage, it may be necessary to
    replace the touchpad unit, usually only available from the original
    manufacturer. Also, check the snap type connector where the touchpad
    flex-cable plugs into the controller board. Reseating this cable may cur
    a some keys dead problem.

    Some people have reported at least temporary improvement by simple peeling
    the touch pad off of the front panel and flexing it back and forth a few
    times. Presumably, this dislodges some bit of contamination. I am skeptical
    as this could just be a side effect of a bad connection elsewhere.

    With a little bit of effort (or perhaps a lot of effort), the internal
    circuitry of the touchpad can be determined. This may require peeling it
    off of the front panel). Then, use resistors to jumper the proper contacts
    on the flex cable connector to simulate key presses. This should permit
    the functions to be verified before a new touchpad is ordered.

    Caution: unplug the microwave generator from the controller when doing
    this sort of experiment!

    If the problem was the result of a spill into the touchpad, replacement will
    probably be needed.

    However, if you have nothing to lose, and would dump it otherwise, remove the
    touchpad entirely and wash it in clean water in an effort to clear out any
    contamination, then do the same using high purity alcohol to drive out the
    water, and then dry it out thoroughly. This is a long shot but might work.Here are some more tips/reason for no resposive touchpad:
    * Door is not closed - on many ovens, there will be no response to any
    buttons - even setting the clock - unless the door is securely closed.

    * You waited too long - some models (like Sharp) have a timeout. If you
    close the door but don't proceed to activate any functions with a couple
    of minutes, they will require you to open and close the door to reset their
    pathetic brains.

    * Controller is confused - a power surge or random non-reproducible action of
    the universe may have resulted in the controller's program ending up in an
    infinite loop. Pull the plug for a minute or two to reset it.

    * Defective interlock switches - this can result in the controller thinking
    the door is open and ignoring you.

    * Faulty controller or its power supply - a power surge may have damaged
    the electronics. Other than checking for bad connections and obviously
    bad power supply components, diagnosing this will be tough without a
    schematic (and possibly much more).

    * Touchpad or controller board contaminated by overenthusiastic cleaning - if
    you recently power washed the oven (or even if you only use some spray
    cleaner), some may have gotten inside and shorted out the touchpad or

    * Defective or damage touchpad - physical abuse is not a recommended technique
    for getting a microwave oven to cooperate. If there is any visible damage
    to the touchpad - the outer film is broken - it will probably need to be


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Alright, so basically there is only one thing that can fix your microwave which is a hard reset which means leaving it unplugged for 10 minutes.

If this doesn't work which I expect it probably won't then, your touch pad is fried and is not worth replacing which I have seen happen multiple times

So you will probably end up looking for a new microwave which you can find for under $50

Let me know if you have any further questions, thanks

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    Benjamin Patri May 11, 2008

    If something goes wrong with the touch panel, it is usually not worth replacing like I said before, you are better off buying a new one. I'm sorry but that is the way it is. The panel itself is one of the most expensive parts and never worth replacing.

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The internal components that operate the buttons and control the microwave's operations have seemingly worn down. If it is doing what you said, i would think that is is probably time to get a new microwave. (Think about it, you pay about 60 dollars for these things, chances are, they wont last too long. What does?)

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So you have the problem with the microwave not turning on?Or is it just the touchpad.

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