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Kenmore Elite Microwave 721.79209010 Open Door and Microwave starts running;

Unit runs normally. Appears a door interlock has failed. Open door and unit runs; close door again and it stops.

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Yes, a bad door interlock switch would cause this; either the top switch or the bottom switch. (The middle switch is called the Monitor switch. If it were bad, you microwave would blow fuses as soon as you press Start.)

Posted on Oct 28, 2022

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