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Microwave blows fuse

My Roper Microwave MHE14XMQ (above the oven)trips my breaker when I push start. It usually takes a few seconds before it trips the breaker. I purchased a new breaker thinking the old was faulty but it still trips the breaker about 5 - 30 seconds after I push start. It is not even 2 years old! Looking for help! Teched

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The most common suspects are the high voltage transformer and the magnetron. It's also possible you have a flaky door switch or loose door switch mount. If you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info (as well as 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 model number here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383

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