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Microwave Repair

General Electrocom Home Appliance Repair Service have been servicing the appliance needs in Ottawa since 2001. As a family-owned and operated business, we strive to provide our customers with exceptional in-home appliance repair service at affordable prices. Honesty at Every Turn is not just our tagline; it is our promise to you. From the person who answers your repair call, to our technician who comes to your home, we treat every customer with respect, courtesy and fairness. We stand behind this promise by being one of the few home appliance repair companies to offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

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The microwave oven has to be one of the most popular household appliances ever devised. With its operating simplicity and speed of performance, it is an essential part of the modern kitchen. Owing to our dependence on such devices, it becomes necessary to learn the basic skills required to tackle common microwave problems. However, troubleshooting microwave faults must be performed with the greatest care and safety. These ovens probably represent the most lethal appliances in your kitchen today. Handling them without adequate care and safety could have fatal consequences. During periods of operation the microwave utilizes extremely high voltages (5000 V). If you are attempting to remedy any microwave problems, it is essential to realize that this appliance possesses a high voltage capacitor that will stay charged even after the microwave oven has been switched off. Before trying to fix any microwave faults the capacitor must be discharged.

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Common Broken Microwave

Here is a information of repair rates in 3 years for various common problem with Microwave.
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Microwave is dead

If the microwave appears dead, this could indicate a problem with the Line Fuse, which will blow if excess current is being used by the microwave components. While this fuse is easily replaceable, there may be other issues that are causing the appliance to over-draw power. There might also be a problem within the High voltage circuit of the microwave, in particular with components such as the diode, magnetron, high voltage capacitor, or transformer. Other factors that may cause this condition include a blown thermal fuse that should be tested for continuity or Thermoprotector that has tripped. (This is a small component that ensures that the microwave does not overheat.) Certain microwave models may require the system clock to be set before they commence functioning.

Microwave does Not Heat

Most microwave ovens will include a high voltage diode that is responsible for converting the A/C power output delivered by the transformer to D/C. During this process the voltage reaches its peak capacity of 5000 volts. This generates enough power so that the magnetron is able to provide the cooking energy within the oven. A failure in the diode will result in a lower A/C voltage reaching the magnetron, which may not be sufficient. Diode failure is often accompanied by visible signs of a burn out. If the diode appears to be unaffected, it may be tested with the aid of a volt-Ohm meter that has the capacity for handling diodes. Most microwave ovens are usually equipped with 3 door switches. A failure with any one of these switches can result in the microwave oven not switching on and consequently no heat is produced. These switches should be checked for continuity with an Ohm meter.

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Microwave Runs Briefly and then Stops

In most cases, this problem is caused by a defective door switch that fails intermittently. These switches should be inspected for any signs of arcing, overheating, or burning. They must also be checked for continuity. Switches that display any visible signs of damage or that display intermittent continuity should be replaced. This type of problem could also be indicative of an intermittent short on the High Voltage Transformer. A tripped thermos protector or defective thermostat may also result in the microwave running intermittently. Apart from these issues, this problem might be a sign that certain components within the Touch pad, control Panel, or Main Control Board have been damaged.

Microwave Light Bulb is not working

The microwave light bulb is usually quite easy to replace. Simply reach in and replace the bulb. If this does not work, it would indicate a problem such as the light bulb socket burning out or some type of wiring defect.

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Microwave Turntable Does Not Turn

In most cases, lack of movement in the turntable is a sign that the turntable motor has been worn out or has burned out. This type of problem can occur fairly often and this part is easily replaced. However, if the motor is still functional this could indicate a defect within the main control board or User Control and Display Board. If the microwave oven has a button on the touchpad responsible for switching the turntable on and off, then this could indicate a problem with the Touchpad and control Panel.

Microwave Buttons Do Not Seem to Work

In most cases, lack of response from the microwave buttons would indicate that the touch pad or the control panel are defective or have been damaged. (Excessive cleaning of the touch pad can cause this.) Certain microwave models require that the door be shut before the touch pad is activated. Another issue with machines like this is that they tend to go into ‘sleep’ mode quickly. Simply opening and closing the door once should be enough to re-activate the oven. A ‘confused’ controller may also be responsible for this type of situation. You can unplug the device for 1-2 minutes to let it reset.

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