Question about KitchenAid KCMS1555RSS Stainless Steel Microwave Oven
I would have started with the diode and capacitor (i.e the least expense) but you can check the diode by removing the input wire and doing a continuity check in BOTH directions. In other words check it then reverse the leads and check it again. It should only read in ONE direction. If it reads continuity in both directions or is open in both directions it is bad and must be replaced. If the diode check out fine then by all means check the capacitor. Just respect the fact it is a large capacitor and can really ruin your day if it is good and has a full charge. (Been there done that!) Take a screwdriver and ground across the terminals several times then note the position of the wires on the capacitor and remove the wires from ONE terminal set. Take your meter still on Ohms ( old simpson type dial meter for this test) and place it on the capacitors 2 terminals. Then rapidly reverse the leads and you should see a momentary jump on the meter then fall off. No jump when you repeatedly reverse the leads then the capacitor is bad. This should solve your problem unless there is a relay on the control board that controls the magnetron power.
Posted on Jan 16, 2010
Transformers usually go bad very often. You can check the capacitor with meter. Transformers are hard to check with meter. Usually have to have more than 1 Ohm of resistance. Check amp draw to see if it is consuming power.
Posted on Jan 16, 2010
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Investigate these three areas if your microwave won't heat but you hear a loud buzzing or humming noise:
A diode is an electronic component that readily
passes current in one direction only and blocks the flow of current in
the opposing direction. If your microwave's diode has become defective,
your microwave will not heat and you will hear a buzzing noise. Test the
diode to determine if this is the cause of your problem. Replace it if
it is defective.
A capacitor is an electrical device which stores
electricity. A defective capacitor may be why your microwave is not
heating but you are hearing a buzzing or humming noise. The capacitor
will have to be tested to determine if this is the cause of your
problem. A defective capacitor will have to be replaced before your
microwave will work again. Make sure you discharge the capacitor before you test it, though.
A defective magnetron is the third possible cause of
why your microwave is not heating, but you can hear a buzzing noise.
Test your microwave's magnetron. Replace it if it is defective.
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