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My JVM1440 sometimes runs when I shut the door

Sometimes after my microwave finishes and I take the food out, when I shut the door, it automatically starts up again, even though the timer is complete. I'm not sure if it's just the fan running or it it's actually heating. This unit is just over 1 year old.

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  • nlorntson Jan 20, 2008

    My JVC1340WW002 starts up when we shut the door. None of the buttons work when it is running like this. The turntable does not rotate. The unit does not appear to heat.



    This happened out of the blue today.



    Occasionally if we open and shut the door it behaves but even this is sporadic. I see this is likely either a bad door switch or a bad board of some sort.

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It's almost certainly a door switch going bad or a loose door switch mount. If you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety, disassembly, info and a text file which helps in diagnosing and repairing door switch problems at our site, which is linked at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number (without the suffix) here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383

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