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Light turns on Automatically

Every day at the exact same time, the light turns on automatically. I cannot find any setting for this. Any suggetions??? Thanks, Ric

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If you don't have the onwer's manual, it's online here:


See page 7 for Control Setup button functions.

Posted on Oct 12, 2007

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It may be making noise, and the light comes on, and the turntable goes around, but I'll bet it's not actually cooking (although that CAN happen). Try putting a cup of water in the microwave when this happens and see if it gets warm. If it does NOT get warm, then you just have a bad door switch. If it DOES get warm, then you have a stuck relay on the control board, and the control board will have to be replaced.

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