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The microwave starts running for a few seconds then stops heating but the fan continues to run and the turntable turns.

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This could be a tricky problem, since something is breaking down. It could be the capacitor, transformer, high voltage diode, or maybe the magnetron. I'm going to refer you to a site that shows how to discharge the high voltage capacitor first, and then it has links for testing the components:
http://www.applianceaid.com/component.html
I'm not sure what model you have, but this site has a lot of helpful information on various models:
http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/data4a.html
This site has a general video on troubleshooting:
http://www.ehow.com/way_5179091_troubleshooting-sharp-microwave-oven.html
Good luck, and hope you get it fixed!

Posted on Sep 12, 2010

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