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I was defrosting frozen spinach in a plastic tub for ten minutes and inadvertently had it on full time! Spinach caught fire and tub melted totally down! Nothing is working on the microwave now. Is it repairable? Doesn't look like it!

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The microwave oven is not worth sinking the money into, the interior paint has probably burnt off, door and switches will probably need replacement, the turntable plate, and additional parts "turntable motor" and other major parts are suspect, replacing the microwave oven in my view is the safest alternative.

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Sorry to read about your problem, I hope this helps you out.


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