When cooking several years ago whatever it was at the time caught on fire and was on the metal rack that comes with the microwave. Where the rack sits on the clips burned a hole in the side of the microwave and fryed the plastic clip. we by accident found we could continue to use the microwave by placing a piece of duct tape over the burnt hole. I am getting ready to sell the house and if at all possible would rather find a CORRECT way to repair the hole than have to buy a new one. Thank you, Hope Ellis email@example.com
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I had the same thing happen to my 20 year old Frigidare microwave (it was 8 years old at the time). Same POP!, same failure. Though I'm handy with electrical, I don't mess around with the innards of a microwave. There are lethal doses of electricity stored in some capacitors even when the device is unplugged. I took mine to an appliance repair shop that works on microwaves. In my case, a high-end capacitor had blown. The repair cost me $80.00. $5.00 for the part, $75.00 for the labor. My microwave is still working 12 years later.
My solution is not pleasant. If you call a tech out to your house, his charge for labor and parts will probably be more than the cost of a new microwave. Taking it to a repair shop is cheaper, but you would want an estimate first which in itself will not be free of charge.
New microwaves have come down in price over the years. Countertop models for as little as $100.00. Over the range models starting at about $250.00.
Whatever you decide, this is going to cost you some money. Your microwave is dead. Good luck and hope I've helped a bit.
If you have this model microwave and it was working fine, then one day it stopped heating items placed inside there are a handful of different issues that could be the problem. In my case it was intermittent, over a period of a few days it would sometimes work (heat) and sometimes not. NO MATTER if this is what your's is doing or if it stopped heating all together. If you decide to let it dry out, or not use it for a while to see if it was a one time occurrence, or whatever the reason, the first time you put something in and probably for the next 10 times at least (this assumes it starts to work again), make sure you are right there with it while it is cooking. Don't assume you can put something in, go do something and come back when the timer is beeping. There is a chance (as this happened to me) that your food inside will CATCH FIRE! Normal food item placed inside, no metal, nothing different than the numerous times before when this had been cooked but when we smelled smoke we came running. Fortunately it started and finished inside the microwave but that's not a guarantee, it could spread. Play it safe. Never had a problem like this before and never heard of a microwave cooking something until it caught on fire (especially since the time entered for the cook was 30 seconds) but it did.
Most rack support problems I have seen are from food splatter or grease getting around the support and even seeping behind it. Once it starts burining it must be replaced. It is really important to keep the area around them clean and dry and free from food splatter. A Microwave cannot tell what is on a plate or on the wall or rack support, and every food particle cooks each time the unit is run, until it turns to a carbon deposit and starts to attract the microwave energy and starts to ARC to that point.
Then it burns up the part it is arcing to. Have to replace support and scrub the area and inside of the cavity perfectly clean.
If you have given the microwave enough time to cool off and it still does not work then I would suggest that you would need a new one, as the circuit board may be fried that connects the control panel.
Not at all. You can just order a new rack support (or a whole set of them).
You can usually find
helpful exploded view diagrams and order
entering your full model number here. Quite
often this arcing is due to grease or food particles stuck between the holder and the hole it goes into, etc. If the cavity metal of
the oven is chipped or charred, it will have to be sanded smooth and
clean and dried thoroughly.
Then you can apply some
high-temperature appliance paint, available from places like Wal-Mart,
Lowe's or Builder's Square.
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it sounds like a common problem with burnt food stuck to the roof in side the oven basically the food just cooks and cooks and eventually burns through and can even set on fire, so i doubt its covered under warranty although you could just replace the roof give it a good clean and so long as the mags are ok you shouldn't have any problems... whats the make and model number it could be something more sinister but the above sounds like a best guess to me!!!!
The problem that you are having is that the magnetron inside the microwave is shorting out to ground and it will find the shortest path to reach whatever has metal in it. Replacing the magnetron will solve your problem altogether and you need not do anything else different and continue using your metal racks.
Hi there - I assume you have a rack in the Microwave. What happens is the rack due to putting something in and out of the Microwave some times wears against the back wall of the cooking chamber. As this happens it wears through the paint and exposes the metal casework.
You then get microwave arcing between the metal rack in the microwave and the cooking compartment casing which gives that spitting popping sound. I would say get some white model paint and paint over the scorched spot (as long as its not gone so far as to wear a hole in the case work).
Wait for it to dry and stick the rack back in and try again to warm up a cup of coffee or something and see if it stops.
Also if you pull the grill slightly forward in the holders towards the door and test it you may notice that it doesn't pop as much so I would paint it and pull the grill forward and see if you still get the issue.
You should not have any metals in the oven when the microwave is on. If you are just doing convection cooking, the metal rack should be in so that what you are cooking is raised up so the hot air can surround what you are cooking.