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I cooked a frozen breakfast in my microwave this morning, it took 3 minutes, then it signaled me it was done and stopped. I took it out of my microwave and shut the door and when I did that I started to run again. The light was on, although I didn't set a time to cook. I tried to push the canel sensor and that didn't stop it. I unplugged it from the outlet and plugged it back in and it started running again (although it is not heating while it is doing this). All the sensors seem to work except for the start and cancel sensors. I have only had this microwave for one month. The model I have is a Profile PVM1870SM1SS

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This is usually caused by either a bad door switch, a loose door switch mount, or a problem on the control panel.

Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside. Its continuity must be checked.

Doorswitch or mount trouble can be caused by slamming the door or byopening the door while it's cooking without hitting the Stop pad first.

Thereare plastic mounts inside the microwave which hold the door switchesand onto which the door latches lock when you close the door.

The screws on these mounts may be loose. If they get too loose, the switches will not be activated properly.

Sometimesit's a broken tab on the switch holder, allowing the switch to rotatejust out of position. Other times, it's a broken tab on the switchholder, allowing the switch to rotate just out of position. This tabcan be hard to see, since it is under the bottom edge of the switch.

Ifyou or someone you know decide to look into it, we have criticalinformation on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, andour link is at our listing here on FixYa:.

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

If you think the problem is on the control panel, we repair these nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid in most cases.

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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