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No sound or buzzer

I know this is a trivial issue when compared with appliances starting on fire an such - but this one is really annoying. I have no sound. I do not believe my model has a "mute" or even a "volume" setting for the sound. I think it should always be on. Has anyone had similar problems? I am considering replacing the piezo-buzzer for about $1 before paying a $50 deductible to my home warranty company. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  • Matt Winkler Feb 12, 2007

    I have unplugged it for a while and then plugged it back in and that didn't work.

    Also - I definitely do not have a "Beeper Volume" button.

  • Matt Winkler Jul 03, 2007

    I'm pretty electronics savvy, so I pulled the board and sent a test signal to the buzzer and could hear my test signal. Does this mean I need a new smartboard or whatever would be sending the signals to the buzzer???



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If your model doesn't have a "beeper volume" button, maybe you can reset it by unplugging it for about a minute or so then checking it. If you don't have your owner's manual, you can download it from here:

Posted on Feb 12, 2007

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    William Miller Feb 12, 2007

    I meant to post this picture since some models have them.



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is it realy worth the risk of killing yourself just to save a fuw bucks, also microwaves are so cheep now is it realy worth spending good money getting it fixed ?? a new one may be the best way forwards

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your transformer windings are loose and the 60 cycle frequenct is setting up a mechanical vibration, you can try and look for anything loose inside the unit, but if the transformer windings get loose theres really no fix but to live with it
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