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If the oven has not run for a few minutes and is not plugged in, there is very little chance that the high voltage capacitor has any charge stored on it.

If you're still concerned about getting a zap that might make you get a cut when you pull back your hand on the sharp metal inside the microwave, you can discharge the capacitor. Here's how.

The magnets are in the magnetron.

Other questions? See the FAQ here.

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Posted on Sep 06, 2012

Testimonial: "THANKS Very Much Mate,I've got the magnets, & no dramas, Mick."

  • mike leeke Sep 06, 2012

    Thank You Mr. William Miller, your advice is spot on, & I now have my magnets. Cheers, M. L. Australia.

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