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Troubleshooting and Repair of Microwave Ovens

Troubleshooting and Repair of Microwave Ovens

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So you fixed up Aunt Minnie's Radarange or picked up a microwave at a yard sale or scavenged one
off the curb. The only problem you could find was a blown fuse, truly horrible mess of decayed
burnt-on food, or a thriving community of cockroaches inside. How safe is it to use (assuming you
evicted the cockroaches)?

As long as there is no serious damage to the door (a 6 inch hole would quality as serious damage)
and the door fits square, it should be properly sealed. As long as the waveguide is tightly mounted
and undamaged, there should be no leakage from there. Make sure the metal cover has all its fingers
engaged around the front (though with a properly installed magnetron, there should be minimal
microwave leakage into the electronics bay).

An inexpensive leakage tester - around $8 - will not be as sensitive or accurate as the $500 variety by
may provide some peace of mind. However, as noted below, they may indicate dangerous leakage
even when your oven is within acceptable limits.

The most important considerations are the door and door seal.

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Notes on the Troubleshooting and Repair of Microwave Ovens



(From Barry Collins (bcollins@mindspring.com).)

Those inexpensive hand held meters (from Radio Shack, etc..) can give very inaccurate readings.
While they definitely serve a purpose, they have caused a more than a few people to unnecessarily
fear microwave ovens over the years. Also, I just changed jobs from working for a company that
made gas ranges. CO detectors caused similar panic among users of the appliances. I'd highly
recommend anyone with gas heat or appliances to purchase a quality CO detector, but not one of
those inexpensive type that go off whenever there is a thermal inversion of smog a city.

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