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Radar Range anyone?
On-line microwave oven repair database
Expert system for microwave oven fault diagnosis
The simplest problems
Repair or replace?
Microwave oven maintenance
How long does microwave energy hang around?
SAFETY
Troubleshooting tips
Test equipment
Safe discharging of the high voltage capacitor
Getting inside a microwave oven
Instant (2 minutes on HIGH) microwave oven theory
Why don't microwaves leak out from through the glass?
How a microwave oven works
Controller
Sensors
Cooling fans
Microwave generator
Magnetron construction and operation
Cross section diagram of typical magnetron
Microwave generator circuit diagram
Interlock switches
What can go wrong
General system problems
Uninvited guests
Totally dead oven
Totally dead oven after repair
Dead controller
No response to any buttons on touchpad
Oven runs when door is still open
Oven starts on its own as soon as door is closed
Oven works but totally dead display
Whacked out controller or incorrect operation
Erratic behavior
Problems with internal microwave leakage
Some of the keys on the touchpad do not function or perform the wrong action
Microwave oven does not respond to START button
Microwave generator problems
No heat but otherwise normal operation
Fuse blows when closing or opening door
Loud hum and/or burning smell when attempting to cook
Arcing in or above oven chamber
More on the waveguide cover and cleaning
Fuse blows when initiating cook cycle
Fuse blows when microwave shuts off (during or at end of cook cycle)
Oven heats on high setting regardless of power setting
Oven heats but power seems low or erratic
Oven heats but shuts off randomly
Oven makes (possibly erratic) buzzing noise when heating
Oven light does not work
Fans or turntables that do not work
What to do if the door handle breaks off
Crack or other damage to door window
Repairing damage to the oven interior
Microwave/convection oven problems
Sensor problems
Testing the oven - the water heating test
Testing the main fuse
Testing and replacing of interlock switches
Making measurements inside microwave ovens
Testing the high voltage components
Testing the high voltage diode
Replacing the HV diode
HV diode ratings
Testing the high voltage capacitor
Replacing the high voltage capacitor
What if the HV diode or capacitor are leaky?
Testing the magnetron
Comprehensive list of magnetron failure modes
Where to obtain replacement magnetrons
Comments on replacement magnetron quality
Replacing the magnetron
Testing the high voltage transformer
Testing the HV transformer using an AC current meter
Replacing the high voltage transformer
Testing and repairing the wiring and connections
Testing thermal protectors and thermal fuses
Testing and replacing the triac
Testing and replacing the power relay
Microwave leakage meters
Comments on microwave leakage meters
Simple microwave leak detectors
How safe is a repaired microwave oven?
Efficiency of microwave ovens
Microwave oven design and cost reduction
Problems with running a microwave oven with metal inside or totally empty
More on metal in the microwave
Microwave ovens and grounded dedicated circuits
Microwave ovens and GFCIs
Taking a microwave oven oversees (or vice versa)
Microwave oven test-mode
High frequency inverter type HV power supplies
Dangerous (or useful) parts in a dead microwave oven?
The magnets in dead magnetrons
Using the control panel from defunct microwave oven as an electronic timer
Precise control of microwave oven power
Has technology gone too far?
Microwave ovens for non-standard applications
Short course on Amana
Computer system near microwave oven?
Why Microwave-Safe Containers Get Destroyed
Advanced troubleshooting
Suggested Reference
Cost of repair parts
Interchangeability of components
Can I substitute a slightly different HV capacitor for a blown one?
Obtaining replacement parts for microwave ovens
Sources for replacement microwave oven parts
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Troubleshooting and Repair of Microwave Ovens

Troubleshooting and Repair of Microwave Ovens

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