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The microvave is not heating food. the light is on and the fan is going but there is not heat being generated. It makes a lower humming sound

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Werwe
Sorry to read about your problem.
It seems your have a general failure in the power control or switch failure on the unit. if your unit has power, and things lite. it is more likely you have a control/switch problem,

I suggest you contact a service company for repairs, since i do not think you have the proper test equipment, like a magnetron tester.


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