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Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: deckeda
Date: May 01, 2021 01:52PM
Possibly you did not need to be told this.

Ours died and the missus picked one up for free. It was listed as $75 but by the time she showed up the guy just gave it to her. "I plugged it in and it powers up" is not an indication it can TURN on. Never used. Hmm ...

It doesn't turn on. Upon inspection we noticed it had been dropped ... door latches fine but 2 of the 3 door switches don't make contact.

The wife wants to make adjustments, we employ a hammer and block of wood and generally don't make things better.

Meanwhile I'm reading that the 3 switches have a sequence so that temptation to bypass one or more of them would not result in successful operation. Fun fact, the sequence of switch activation apparently changes depending on whether you're opening or closing the door. Clever.

It's being put back together for a test. Results should be one of the below:

1) It works as it should
2) No change, it operates like before, control panel lights up and timer runs as if it's cooking. (I don't actually recall the turntable turning tho.)
3) It blows its main fuse because the safety sequence is now wrong.
4)
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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: deckeda
Date: May 01, 2021 01:57PM
Here's our answer:

4) Interior light stays on, so it thinks the door is open and won't run.

Out for recycling now.
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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: deckeda
Date: May 01, 2021 02:06PM
aaaaaaaaand I plugged the old one back in and for whatever reason it works again
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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: wave rider
Date: May 01, 2021 02:10PM
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deckeda
aaaaaaaaand I plugged the old one back in and for whatever reason it works again

smiley-laughing001

Thank you, that was fun!



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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 01, 2021 02:32PM
I usually throw it around on the lawn a few times in case that will fix any damage from the original drop. It’s nice to see you upholding the forum’s cheap bastidge ethic.



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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: GGD
Date: May 01, 2021 02:37PM
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deckeda
aaaaaaaaand I plugged the old one back in and for whatever reason it works again

Rebooting always helps.
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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: MindMeld
Date: May 01, 2021 03:15PM
Did you have a Time Machine backup or a CCC bootable clone?
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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: mikebw
Date: May 01, 2021 03:26PM
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deckeda
aaaaaaaaand I plugged the old one back in and for whatever reason it works again

Bravo! We had an old failing TV that went out to the garage for trash, but after sitting for a few months worked fine again!
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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 01, 2021 03:40PM
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mikebw
... Bravo! We had an old failing TV that went out to the garage for trash,
but after sitting for a few months worked fine again!

Folks used to claim putting a failing CRT TV in the car and driving in a
large, counterclockwise loop (like the DC Beltway) would fix it.
I call that one an urban myth.



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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: deckeda
Date: May 01, 2021 03:49PM
I’ve had so many things fix themselves after a stern stare. The leak under the sink. The water heater leak. The car’s power steering pump. This microwave. All fixed automagically. Although I’m pretty sure the power steering pump will act up again freezing whether. But that’s MONTHS away again bwahaaa.
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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: hal
Date: May 01, 2021 04:55PM
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deckeda
I’ve had so many things fix themselves after a stern stare. The leak under the sink. The water heater leak. The car’s power steering pump. This microwave. All fixed automagically. Although I’m pretty sure the power steering pump will act up again freezing whether. But that’s MONTHS away again bwahaaa.

indeed - first step is aways to open it up, take a look around, if I don't see anything obvious like a blown fuse, I'll close it back up and try it again. Amazing how often that's all that's needed.
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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: jonny
Date: May 01, 2021 05:19PM
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deckeda
I’ve had so many things fix themselves after a stern stare. The leak under the sink. The water heater leak. The car’s power steering pump. This microwave. All fixed automagically. Although I’m pretty sure the power steering pump will act up again freezing whether. But that’s MONTHS away again bwahaaa.
I tried this with a Mac SE once. Did not help.
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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 01, 2021 09:19PM
I just took the case off of ours and replaced the broken microswitch. $3.50 part and an hour of cussing is cheaper than a $500 over the stovetop internal vent device…
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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 01, 2021 09:32PM
......just don't....drop your drawers......[ #metoo ].......



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Re: Don't drop a microwave oven
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: May 03, 2021 07:17AM
No, what normally works is buying a new, expensive, heavy, faraway replacement. You get it home and try to install it, but you can’t because the old one works fine. That’s the best repair I’ve done.
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