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Frigidaire Microwave - Cardboard Piece

I bought this microwave today 5/10/08 at BestBuy.

There is a metallized piece of cardboard over the waveguide/magnetron. Is this suppose to be left in the microwave.

Thanks,
CMH

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YES

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

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