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If everything works, but the microwave oven does not heat, this is commonly caused by a failed magnetron. The magnetron is essentially, the heart of the oven that produces the RF energy that is used to heat your food.

1. You will need to uninstall the oven from over the range in order to replace the part (you will need to do this anyway, if you decide to buy a replacement oven).
2. You will need to ensure the oven is UNPLUGGED before servicing anything inside the cabinet. You will need to remove the exterior case in order to access the magnetron. There are several websites that you can use that illustrate how the oven is assembled:
searspartsdirect.com pcappliancerepair.com appliancepartspros.com
If you've never repaired an appliance on your own before, a microwave oven is usually not a recommended appliance to start with. Some models can be rather involved in taking apart.
3, The magnetron replacement part number for the model you have listed is WB27X10305. The average cost is about $80. NOTE: I found the part listed for the best price at appliancepartspros.com at a cost of $76. This model also has a thermostat (bi-metal) that if tripped, will also cause the oven not to heat. The thermostat acts as a fuse if the magnetron overheats. The part number is WB27X10788. You will need to remove the thermostat from the oven and take a resistance check across the component terminals to determine if it is good or not. A low resistance reading indicates a good thermostat. The average replacement cost is about $10.
Review the parts illustrations at the recommended websites to see if this is something that you may be able easily take apart and reassemble.
If you have any questions, please post back and let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.
CAUTION: DO NOT operate a microwave oven with the exterior cover off. The voltage inside the High Voltage network where the magnetron is installed can exceed 3,000 volts.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010

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  • easyfixergir Sep 27, 2010

    Also check to be sure the microwave door is SHUT ALL THE WAY. I experienced the same thing, only to find a tiny piece of food stuck on the side that must have prevented complete contact with the door even though it seemed closed to me. After the piece was removed, the microwave works just fine.

  • orler1 Oct 23, 2010

    microwave has power and everything is funtional and go through motions just no heat .it just went suddenly not gradually

  • orler1 Oct 23, 2010

    it happen all of a sudden

  • orler1 Oct 23, 2010

    being the noise its making would you agree the megatron is bad

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SOURCE: My microwave doesn't heat up

HI,

The most common cause of that is a shorted or blown high voltage rectifier diode.

If you or someone you know wants to look into this, we have critical safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

More info here: http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/diode.html

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383

There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting & testing.Be advised if you are getting a ' hum' noise, then the probability of magnetron is also there.

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

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