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Microwave went dead while in use all power outlet is working so it's not circuit breaker cant afford new one or repairmen

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    DILLIGAF Dec 05, 2010

    Does your microwave have a digital display for the time, etc? Is the display on and are there any signs of power? If there is no power at all it may just be a fuse, but I will need to know the brand and model number of the microwave to assist you further. BElectric

  • cgmiller1956 Dec 05, 2010

    Kenmore model# 665.60654 no display no lights nothing

    DILLIGAF Dec 05, 2010

    Thanks, I will get back to you very shortly.



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Firstly, microwave should really be serviced by qualified professionals as they contain high voltage components that can still give you a shock even when they are disconnected from the power. Please follow all the safety instructions (underlined) included here.

If there is no power at all it could be the fuse. Please disconnect the power from the outlet or make sure the breaker is off before doing this. There should be a small panel about 6 inches wide/high on the side or back of the microwave which can be removed by undoing a couple of screws. Under this panel you should find the fuse assembly which will look something like this:

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The fuse is the white cylinder with the silver ends in the top right of the picture. If you remove a panel and don't see the fuse, replace the panel and look for another panel. Occasionally the removable panel is inside the cooking compartment.

When you have located the fuse, pry it from the fuse holder carefully using an insulated screwdriver if possible. Test the fuse with an ohm-meter if you have one. If not and you are unable to verify that the fuse is working, buy a replacement fuse. Take the fuse with you to the supplier to ensure that you are buying one of the correct size and the correct rating. The rating is stamped into the silver end of the fuse, e.g 12.5A or 20A.

Carefully insert the new fuse into the fuse holder in the microwave and try to avoid touching anything else while doing so. Replace the panel and then try the microwave again. If the microwave still doesn't operate, then you have a more serious fault which is not user-repairable and you should seek professional advice. It is often cheaper to buy a new microwave than have an existing one repaired.

I hope this helps. Please post back if you need further assistance.


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