We have a Frigidaire "by Electrolux" microwave manufactured in Nov. 2003. We puchased it from Sears Dec.2005. Yesterday it stopped heating. All displays, lights, sounds, etc see to be fine. But you put food in and they barely get warm. I put a cup of coffee in for two minute intervals, about four times and it barely got warm. Any suggestions? Are microwaves worth repairing?
I dont think they make them like they use to. My dad still has a Magic Chef that he bought approx. 1983. Works like a champ.
If any one can offer advice it would be greatly appreciated as we are trying to sell our home and relocate out of state.
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I understand the door will not latch on your Frigidaire microwave, model# FGMV174KFB. Typically, this would not be a do it yourself repair, as you are working with your microwave, and there are no step by step repair instructions. I suggest contacting your local authorized technician for further assistance. They have been trained on your appliance and should be able to fix the latch on your door with ease. Hope this is helpful.
This advice applies to all appliances manufactured by Maytag. Determining the manufactured date of most appliances is accomplished by looking at the SERIAL NUMBER. On Maytag appliances this is determined by the following method:
The LAST two letters in the serial number identifies the date code.
The 1st Letter is the YEAR.
A – 1978/2002
B – 1966/1990
C – 1979/2003
D – 1967/1991
E – 1980/2004
F – 1968/1992
G – 1981/2005
H – 1969/1993
J – 1982/2006
K – 1970/1994
L – 1983/2007
M – 1971/1995
N – 1984/2008
P – 1972/1996
Q – 1985/2009
R – 1973/1997
S – 1986/2010
T – 1974/1998
U – 1987/2011
V – 1975/1999
X – 1988/2012
Y – 1976/2000
Z – 1977/2001
The 2nd Letter is the MONTH
A – JAN
B – JAN
C – FEB
D – FEB
E – MAR
F – MAR
G – APR
H – APR
J – MAY
K – MAY
L – JUN
M – JUN
N – JUL
P – AUG
Q – JUL
R – SEP
S – AUG
T – OCT
U – SEP
V – NOV
W – OCT
X – DEC
Y – NOV
Z – DEC
NOTE: Some later model Maytag appliances are manufactured by Whirlpool. The serial numbers may be in a different format. Check the MODEL number for any of the following prefixes:
106, 110, 198, 562, 664, 665.
These prefixes indicate the manufacturer as Whirlpool.
Unfortunately, there is no way to tell which part the microwave needs without opening it up for examination. There are a few parts that, if defective, would prevent the oven from heating.
a high voltage transformer which passes energy to the magnetron
a magnetron which converts high-voltage electric energy to microwave radiation
a magnetron control circuit (usually with a microcontroller)
This is NOT a repair that you would want to attempt yourself. The labor for the repair would cost a minimum of $50 and shouldn't exceed $100. You'll also have to pay for the necessary part if it's still available from the manufacture or their parts distributor.
You can find an exploded view of your microwave at http://www3.sears.com (yes, the 3 is there).
Ref # 3009 on the drawing is the turntable motor.
I would grab it by the shaft and gently try to turn it. If it's locked up or grinding, that's a sign it's bad.
It runs $24.49 plus shipping:
Part Description: Quantity: Part Number: Model Number: Price:
TT MOTOR 6549W1S013D 721.64663300 $ 24.49 $ 24.49
Be sure to unplug the oven before you work on it. Hope this helps!