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GOLDSTAR INTELLOWAVE W/TOASTER - MODEL #TM9040W

When the microwave starts, you can hear the full power come on (as it used to), but after 2 seconds the power slows down. It's like being on the 20-50% power choice.

Then I have noticed a strange smell inside the oven itself. Popcorn setting used to work fine, now I have to run it twice to cook.

HELP! Should I just get a new oven?

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SOURCE: Oster Microwave/Convection/Grill

first, get your money back or get a replacement for no charge. now, unplug the oven for 15 minutes and try again. if no-go, then some device is faulty that only a tech can find

Posted on May 28, 2007

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SOURCE: Maytag Rangehood Microwave Loud Humming

Sounds like you just fried your magnetron. Normally when they go bad, they make a very loud noise like what you described. The smell concerns me because you may have ruined the waveguide as well. If the magnetron burns through the protective painted surface of the waveguide, the waveguide is ruined. In most microwave ovens this means replacing the entire unit because the waveguide is not replaceable. Putting a new magnetron in a damaged waveguide will result in the same arcing and eventual failure. In addition to the magnetron, the following components are part of the same high voltage network: HV Transformer HV Diode HV Capacitor Magnetron Thermal Cut-Out Any one of these components could have also been damaged. I DO NOT recommend taking any voltage measurements inside the HV network. Potentials of over 4000 volts can be reached and make it very dangerous for the do-it-yourselfer. Taking resistance readings with the unit unplugged is strongly encouraged. If you decide to pursue a repair, inspect the magnetron tip and inside of the waveguide first. If the magnetron is melted and/or there are burn marks inside the waveguide, a new microwave may be a in order. This actually may be a better option than an expensive repair. I hope you find this advice helpful.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007

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SOURCE: magicchef over the range microwave loses display and power

It sounds like your magnetron is overheating and its thermostat is resetting.

Try it with a cup of water in one corner and see if that helps.

Otherwise, most manufacturers have a warranty of several years on the magnetron.

For info on that, visit http://www.magicchef.com/home.jsp

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Posted on Dec 08, 2007

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SOURCE: Noise/humming while cooking; especially popcorn; intermitent on other food

Popcorn is heated by a metallic insert in the bag. This causes some additional power consumption by the magnetron. It is no cause for alarm.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007

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SOURCE: microwave not cooking

I would say you have a bad door switch or door switch mount, or your door is loose or out of alignment.

But since it's new, and under warranty, I would contact Goldstar (LG) customer service to have them repair it free.

Contact LG at 1-800-243-0000 or http://us.lgservice.com

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