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Stopped working - burnt elect. smell. Shut it down at the breaker. Made a humming noise after it stopped working. Is it worth repair or just buy new?

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With the price of Magnetrons and capacitors, and paying to service it, you are better off buying a new unit.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011

  • westu Apr 26, 2011

    The exact thing happened to my microwave last night - It is a Kitchen aid as well. Did the motor burn out? I prefer to repair? IMIMMC - what did you end up doing?

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