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Hood light will not turn off

My Sharp R-1611 microwave hood lights will not dim or turn off when I push the button on the control board. Any Ideals?

Posted by Mark Wojo on

  • Anonymous Dec 24, 2007

    I had the same problem with the hood lights staying on on my Sharp R-1611. I installed a $3 rocker switch, I purchased from Radio Shack, next to the light. It looks and works just fine.



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The problem is damage to the control circuit board. This damage happens usually when the lamps are removed or installed without disconnecting the oven from the power line first. We regularly repair these boards for this very problem for customers from across the country for $32.50. We have an important file called "safety.txt" which you can find by a search on It's important information to consider before proceeding.

Posted on Nov 01, 2006

  • William Miller
    William Miller Nov 01, 2006

    I should have said to search for "microwave safety.txt" on

  • William Miller
    William Miller Mar 20, 2008

    (Never mind the outdated Yahoo links).

    We repair these on a regular basis for customers nationwide with our guaranteed $39.95 service with a full one year warranty.

    We have full details, plus *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site. You'll find a link to our site in our listing here on FixYa:



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