Question about Frigidaire FMT116E1W Microwave Oven
We have the FMT116E1W microwave. When plugged in, the fan starts to run, and the interior light goes on. These never go off. I can set the clock, turn on/off the exhaust and over the stove light, but thats it. Nothing else seems to work.
We just recently bought a house with this unit installed, so I'm not sure about what could have caused this. The original owner didn't know either. Any help, or suggestion, will be greatly appreciated. I'd hate to buy a new one if I don't need to.
I suspect a problem with a door switch mount, but here is my full standard reply on this symptom:
This is usually caused by either a bad door switch, a loose door switch mount, or occasionally a problem on the control panel.
Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside. Its continuity must be checked.
Door switch or mount trouble can be caused by slamming the door or by opening the door while it's cooking without hitting the Stop pad first.
There are plastic mounts inside the microwave which hold the door switches and 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.
Sometimes it's a broken tab on the switch holder, allowing the switch to rotate just out of position. This tab can be hard to see, since it is under the bottom edge of the switch.
If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, and our 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.
There may should 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.
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Posted on Aug 18, 2008
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