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Re: Panasonic microwave 1200
This model uses an inverter to produce high voltage. That symptom is an usually indication of a problem with the inverter or a bad magnetron.
I do not recommend that a person without training and experience ever work on these models.
You should be able to locate a Panasonic-authorized servicer here:
I would mention the exact symptom when you call so the technician can bring a new inverter with him when he comes out to repair it. Might save you having it pulled into the shop.
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Check the door switches to make sure they are not faulty, otherwise it may be the inverter.
IS the microwave in a cavity? If so, you need to have at least 15cm (6in) space above the microwave, 10cm (4in) behind the microwave, and 5cm (2in) on either side, as the latest Inverter microwaves run very hot and need a lot of ventilation.
My unit shuts off after about 2 seconds. It seems like it tries to go, but it sounds like it stops working and then 1 or 2 more seconds run off and it shuts down. Then you hit start again and it lights up inside and then shuts down. It's only about 2 or 3 years old.Any solutions?
Wow you must have been a TV repair tech too. Salute!! They have gotten more safisticated but some things never change. The magnetrons are real reliable. If the unit runs for 5 to 10 seconds it sounds like a control issue. The only other possible problem could be a bad HV diode. The new units have the safistication to know when the magnetron is not working and would shut down. Certainly an easy and cheap fix. You seem to have the expertise to explore this. Let me know how it works out or if you need more info. Thanks for using FixYa.
If the screen is showing a fault number or a number you havent seen before then its probably a program fault which can't be fixed. Check that the vent holes on the back of the oven aren't dirty and ensure that the whole oven is clean inside. Sadly it sounds like a program fault which cant usually be fixed by the owner though.
Finding a Panasonic oven repairer in the UK shouldnt be a problem though. My parents had a simlar problem wth their Panasonic Inverter oven, called the UK customer services and Panasonic contacted an authorised repairer in Scotland to visit them. Call customer services on 0844 844 3868.
If the call out charge exceeds £80 then you're probably better off buying a new oven.