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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-19-2017, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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My mom mistakenly ran her microwave for 30 minutes with nothing in it. She thought she was running the kitchen timer It now will not work and shows no evidence of life. No light. No display. No nothing. She said when she got back to it, the entire device was pretty hot. The circuit breaker was not tripped but just in case, she switched the breaker off and on with no change. So a question for any appliance knowledgeable folks out there. Any ideas of what might have broken and how to repair it? It is a built in device above the stove with vent fan and lights so it will be pretty expensive to replace. She lives nearby and I'm pretty handy and could attempt a repair if I knew what to do. Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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Can't help too much other than to say I've heard that some components within a microwave retain a very high electrical charge. Careful.

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Once dried out wet boots in a microwave.
Worked great no shrinkage.
Second time I did it the oven shit itself.
Theyre cheap to buy mate get yr mom a new one for xmas and use the old one for target practice Elvis style
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Second time I did it the oven shit itself.

That made me laugh out loud!
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Most microwaves now-a-days have a thermal fuse inside that has to be replaced.
Take it apart and look for something attached to the side of the oven part.
Usually a disk shaped item with 2 wires coming from it.
Meter it to see if it is open. Take the 2 wires off of it and touch them together and the display should come back on.
Don't run it without this fuse. Get a new one.
And yes, be careful of capacitors and such... they are still charged.
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I"m gonna say this again.. there is some SERIOUSLY high voltage inside of a microwave in those capacitors... it can and WILL knock you on your ass or kill you if you don't know what you're doing. Generally most things I'd say 'go watch a youtube vid and go for it' but stuff with really high voltage caps in them are dangerous. If you don't have some experience working with electronics or electricity in general... I'd say 'just say Merry Xmas mom!' and get her a new one.
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Thanks. I appreciate the info, advice and warnings. I will take care not to touch any capacitor prongs. I won't get to this for about a week and it will be powered down during that time so hopefully some of the capacitors will drain down during that time.

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Thanks. I appreciate the info, advice and warnings. I will take care not to touch any capacitor prongs. I won't get to this for about a week and it will be powered down during that time so hopefully some of the capacitors will drain down during that time.

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Make sure your life insurance is paid up before opening it up...then at least if you do come to grief your mom can buy a new microwave.
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Hehehe. Perhaps good advice for others but at my age and situation, I neither have nor need any life insurance. Well, I guess that is not totally true. I have something like a 1X salary life insurance provided gratis by my employer but nothing else. I have no one relying on my income so no need for any life insurance. Selling my bikes after my death will easily pay for my funeral.

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Hehehe. Perhaps good advice for others but at my age and situation, I neither have nor need any life insurance. Well, I guess that is not totally true. I have something like a 1X salary life insurance provided gratis by my employer but nothing else. I have no one relying on my income so no need for any life insurance. Selling my bikes after my death will easily pay for my funeral.

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