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Sometimes when I go to heat something in the microwave it doesn't heat but when I open the door and then close it it sometimes will work?

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    sometimes it heats sometime it dont

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Sounds like the door switch is going bad this is the switch that "tells" the microwave the door is closed so that way it doesn't run with it open

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