I have a Kenmore Microhood 401.8009, 1.7 cu feet, 1100 watts.
After cooking some baked potatoes on the sensor setting this evening, the microwave completed its cycle and beeped when ready. We ate the potatoes, and when it was time to clean up, the screen said "L SE L" where the "L" are small and super script. (it may be "5E" not sure). No buttons work. I unplugged it for a while, and when replugging the screen lists the familiar "PRESS CLOCK TO .." and then beeps three times and back to the "L SE L".
I have the same model and after 3 years of good service the SE error popped up. After watching some YouTube videos and preparing myself to order a replacement membrane panel, I tried taking it apart (wiping off all the grease that had accumulated .. ewww) and put it back together. Was successful and works perfectly again. Just need a phillips screw driver and patience to figure out how to remove the plastic panels and get at the control panel ... it's not hard to fix this yourself .. even if it means having to order a new control panel.
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I haven't heard of such a thing. You must have cooked it until there was no moisture left in the potato. That would also account for the failure of the oven. It would be the same as no load in the oven.
A thermal protect part is your current problem.
If autocook is not working and everything else it, there is an issue with the sensor in the oven that detects the steam, The emission of steam is what triggers that unit to shut off. If it wont cook on any settings then the issue is with the microwave generator not putting out enough power. This could be from a lot of things.
"SE " means your membrane keypad is shorting. And it is specifically the baked potato key that's shorting.
If and when an oven is coming on or doing anything by
itself, this is very dangerous and can result in a fire.
So until it is repaired,
please leave it unplugged or leave the door
open when it's not in use, and of course one should never leave a microwave unattended while cooking. Better still, unplug it and do not use it.
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inside your microwave is a heat censor, if it cuts the microwave off then its to hot for safty have a good look round the back of it to check that the air vents are all clear and that a good air supply can get all around it when its cooking food,,, iv seen so many microwaves tucked away into a small place, and they will all cut out when they get to hot,,,1100 watts gets very hot too!
I think it may be an internal fuse or a fusible link. You also have a series of contacts and switches inside that are set in place by the mfr. for safety. You could get it repaired for 50-75 dollars or a new one for 125-150 dollars. If you have checked the internal fuse, then just get a new one if the other one is older than 3-4 years.
After washing you need to poke holes in potatoe skins or the steam can cause them to explode. Cook potatoes no longer than 6 to 8 minutes depending on your units power.
Microwave ovens can be very dangerous if damaged, so you will be safer to replace the unit. Better safe than sorry. Service on microwave ovens is not cost effective, and the newer ovens are very reasonable.