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My display reads -SE-

I just notice that my display reads _-SE- so i unplugged went out for about 2 hours came home plugged it back in and the display read " press clock to set time" went to press clock and noting happened, then a few seconds go by and the microwave beeped 3-4 times and went back to the error code -SE- . anyone have this happen to them and if so what was wrong with there microwave? i owned this for about 2 years with very little use, i beginning to think this is garbage, and a waste of almost 500 bucks. thanks Amana

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-SE- error means you have a shorted keypad.

If you (or someone you know) might want to replace it yourself, I have uploaded a handy guide with pictures showing you what's typically involved.

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

There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting & testing.

If you would like to have us do this for you, we do that for $39.95 plus part costs.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you need more help.

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

William E. Miller

Posted on Aug 02, 2008

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