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MIcrowave emits an electrical smell while cooking. It still cooks, but has started emitting an odor recently when in use.

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Is the smell ionized (the outside smell of a cold winter morning air) or more of an electronic component burning??? if it's more of an ionized smell it could be normal, (if the smell is strong) it could be a leaking high voltage cable (electric arching) bad insulator, if it's more of an electronic component burning smell, it could be a overheating component, in both cases you should have it checked by a professional technician...

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Posted on Jun 25, 2011

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    Tommy Jun 25, 2011

    some times magnetron antennas (the part that produce microwaves) starts to leak high voltage before they go bad and produce an ionized smell, if it's the case, buying a new oven is cheaper than to replace the magnetron unit...

  • bob55today Jan 10, 2014

    The strong ionized smell could be magnetron antennas overheating before they fail. Best to replace the whole oven then to try to replace the failing magnetron antennas component.

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We have a sharpe drawer microwave that started to have an electrical burning smell - it turned out to be a relatively simple repair to replace a thermistor and some charred wiring. Sharpe recommended an approved repair shop we had to take out hte oven and bring to them. Total cost $80 to fix.

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