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Worked Off & On if you wiggled the door or

About a year after I purchased it, started turning off intermittently. I could jiggle the handle or push gently on the front door and it would start again. This gradually got worse and worse until it stopped working all together. I have checked the plug which works fine when you plug other things into it. Does anyone have any idea what's wrong with it or who you call to fix a microwave? Thanks!

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  • Gold Star Sep 15, 2007

    I surely appreciate your comments and help. However, there are no visible screws or switches near the latch door or on the side. I probably just didn't describe the problem accurately enough. When the unit wouldn't work I would need to jiggle the entire unit. Sometimes pushing against the LCD screen would work. But that was only in the beginning. It would work frequently in the beginning and then less and less often. I believe the problem is somewhere in the back of the unit, though I don't know anything about what's back there. Any other ideas? Thanks again!

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There is a internal locking mechanisim that has 2 or more switches that is usually attached with two or more screws next to the door latch side. Crack open the micro and adjust this by shutting the door then pushing this assy toward the latches untill all the switches look like they are being pushed in fully. If this doesn't solve the problem one of the switches or possibly more are defective. Call a local appliance repair center and get a switch there called micro switches.

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