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Whirlpool GH518XP Two year old microwave. Awoke one morning to find the unit completely dead. No display, no power, both bulbs (range top lighting) burnt. Ceramic fuse blown. AC outlet voltage checked good. Replaced ceramic fuse, but no help. Tried to gain access to the inverter board, but ran into to many obstacles. I do not own a manual which shows how to disassemble the unit. I tried to use the parts manual, but could only get so far. Should I junk this Whirlpool?

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  • Hattiemay May 29, 2008

    I have the same problem, while tightening one of the bulbs, it flickered and the bulb came out of the socket and the microwave went completely dead.

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    William Miller May 11, 2010

    Seems like I answered this before, but can you verify your model number?

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    That model number isn't showing up. Could you verify it and reply back here?

    There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel, which is very helpful when troubleshooting.

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Hattiemay

We see (and repair) this a lot. The problem is on the control panel, which we regularly repair nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid.

This light failure often occurs when a bulb goes out and the filament shorts, or when the bulbs are removed or installed without first unplugging the oven from the power line. Either can cause such a failure on the controller.

This can often also affect the exhaust fan operation, too. The lights and fan can be inoperable or stuck on too.

Details of our service and critical safety information and disassembly information is at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

Please feel free to contact me directly if you need more help.

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Sounds like it got hit with a power spike which could have burned out the low voltage components, (Control panel). How's your insurance coverage?

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