Questions tagged [microwave-oven]

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Is the outside vent opening the same on most over the range microwave ovens?

Our 2010 over the range microwave oven is about it die. It wents outside through an opening in the wall behind the microwave. There's a port opening when the fan starts and it blows out through there. ...
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Flipped a circuit breaker, now my microwave is dead

I recently moved into a condo with a GE JVM1860SF001 microwave oven installed above the range. The unit is from 2003, so well past its rated life, although it also looks like it was largely unused (...
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What would cause a microwave oven to trip the breaker when I open the door during heating?

I have a Frigidaire FGMV176NTB range hood microwave oven which was installed new about two years ago. It works fine, but recently started tripping the 15A standard breaker it's on (Siemens c. 1992) ...
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Is there a need to replace wiring if I tripped the microwave oven when drilling through drywall?

While drilling through drywall in bathroom to install a handicap bar to studs, I later discovered that the microwave oven breaker had tripped. Apparently one of the drill holes had missed a stud and ...
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How to place an OTR microwave next to a wall

I am trying to replace an over the range (OTR) microwave since the previous (quite old) one stopped working. While the space is the standard 30" wide, to the left of the opening is essentially a ...
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Hanging microwave without above cabinet

I am looking to install a new microwave in my kitchen since my old one just died. My new microwave is a Whirlpool over the range microwave model #WMH53521HZ. My old microwave had a bizarre mount where ...
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Is there anyway I can mount a built in microwave oven like an over the range microwave?

I am trying to mount a built in microwave/oven like an over the range microwave/oven. It won’t be over our range as we have a hood but I screwed up ordering cabinets and didn’t order the right ones ...
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Microwave trips the AFCI almost every time it is used

Our new microwave trips the AFCI almost every time we use it. Electrician says it is drawing too much power and we should return it. Samsung over range Microwave 120 volts 1.5 kw AFGI 20 amp
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Bosch Drawer Microwave causes ARC Faults

I have a brand new Bosch Microwave (model: hmd8451uc) installed as the only device on the entire circuit. Anytime I use the Microwave on this circuit, it triggers the breaker's ARC Fault. Breaker (...
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Fridgidaire Microwave sometimes starts running when door is closed

Model No: FMV152KSA My Frigidaire microwave has an intermittent problem where after closing the door it immediately starts running....so I never hit Start. Sometimes this means it runs for a few ...
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How to get rid of burned oil smell from microwave?

A few days ago, I made a blunder cooking popcorn and left the pot on the stove to burn the canola oil to a nice black paste. Smoke everywhere, and it took most of an hour to air it out. Smelled awful. ...
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How can I join an exhaust vent and an existing duct that aren't aligned?

I'm replacing the over the range microwave in my house, and the new microwave's exhaust vent does not align with the existing ductwork and hole in the wall for the exhaust - neither vertically nor ...
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Is this bedroom healthy to live in, in relation to kitchen, refrigerators and microwave oven? [closed]

Is such a bedroom healthy to live in? it is separated from a kitchen by a wall, There are two old refrigerators and one old microwave oven in the kitchen against the wall? (all are standalone with ...
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How much should over-the-range microwave stick out?

I moved into an apartment and want to install an over-the-range microwave. The space above the stove measures 30 in. wide, 11 in. deep, 15 in height. But how far outside of that should a microwave ...
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How to access OTR microwave exhaust vent/ducting

I currently have an OTR microwave that is externally vented The exhaust vent for the microwave is concealed by cabinets above the microwave, and inside the cabinets the ducting itself is concealed by ...
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Paint for microwave interior

I accidently removed our microwave's interior paint by spraying the interior with an oven cleaner (my wife told me to do it). What paint can I use to to repaint the interior? Our microwave is ...
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is it safe to use a microwave with the outside glass missing?

The outer glass on our microwave shattered recently. The part can no longer be purchased. Two related questions: Is it still safe to operate? Can the shattered glass be replaced with plexiglass? It ...
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What is this microwave oven part called?

My Panasonic NN-SD945S microwave oven now stops operating after 2-3 seconds. I think the problem is with the mechanism on the oven's "box" where the door's latch hooks into. This mechanism ...
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Is it safe to split a NEMA 10-50 receptacle?

Is it safe to split a NEMA 10-50 receptacle to a range to add a pair of 5-15 GFCI receptacles? Unfortunately, I am currently renting, and the homeowner refuses to allow any work to be done. I have ...
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Possible to Recess Over the Range Microwave Into Wall

I bought a low profile over the range microwave that is 30" wide and 18" inch deep. My cut out area is 30" wide and 14" deep. My wall has brick veneer over drywall. Is it possible to cut out the ...
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How to fix shorted microwave? [closed]

I have a GE Profile PVM9005SJSS microwave oven. It worked fine for 2 years but now it is tripping the circuit breaker whenever I turn it on. I have tried plugging it into different outlets with same ...
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What is this component in my microwave?

My apartment comes with a wall-mounted microwave (KitchenAid KHMC1857WSS) that I clean periodically. While doing so, I see this component mounted on the right-side inside the microwave. It clearly has ...
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Microwave micro switches

The wires connecting to the normally closed switch have a short circuit across them, which is causing the switch to stay closed all the time! The clock works, but when you try to cook something the ...
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Microwave only shorting in the winter

We moved into our home last winter and completely at random the microwave would short the breaker. We know that it has 2 plugs for the same breaker but we only ever plug in the microwave on it and if ...
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Microwave door interlock switch keeps failing

I have a 1000W GE "over the range" microwave (model JVM3160RF) that is now about 3 years old. Earlier this year, one of the interlock micro-switches failed (would not depress) which caused the ...
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Is it safe to put a microwave in a walk-in closet?

My spouse and I like to sleep with rice bags in the winter, which we microwave to heat up. To avoid having to go back down to the kitchen, we’re considering adding an outlet in our closet and plugging ...
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Combining wires from two breakers to one appliance?

I have a wall oven and a microwave oven, connected to 30A and 20A breakers respectively, and both are 240V. Now I'm thinking of replacing it with another double-oven model that runs a single wire ...
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Electric oven in the same plug as a microwave

Can I have an electric oven in the same plug as a microwave, and if not how hard is it to change a single plug to a double?
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Diagnostic tools for oven and microwave? [closed]

I was wondering what sort of diagnostic tool is used to detect a problem in a microwave (range) and in an oven. And would such a tool have a readout record? I had a repairman come to fix: My ...
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Mount over-the-range microwave without top cabinet

I am looking to mount an over-the-range microwave above my stove, but there is no cabinet on top. Here's a picture: We originally planned to mount a shelf to the wall above the stove and use the shelf ...
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Is there a non-specialty paint that can be used on microwave interior?

The interior of my older low-end microwave, where the rotating tray rollers contact, has worn through the original finish and become rusty. There are specific microwave refinishing paints available, ...
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Can I warm up "cold patch" in a microwave?

I found two asphalt patching products online that are designed to be heated in the microwave. Both are out of stock. Can I heat up ordinary "cold patch" or "trowel patch" in the microwave?
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Kenmore microwave heating when off with door closed

My kenmore microwave continues making the "heating" sound and actually heating even even if it's not being used. Let's say it's unplugged. As soon as I plug the microwave to the electricity, it will ...
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Microwave oven is not working but display works well

I recently moved to a new place. Since moving my Bosch microwave oven (model number: HLK4555EU/01 1) stopped working. The user interface seems to be functional but it just doesn't start. While moving ...
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Can I support the front of a microwave with only one of three bolts?

Got a Kenmore OTR microwave to replace a GE OTR microwave. Already removed the GE, but I just noticed that the Kenmore is quite a bit deeper. That's no big deal, but my trouble is that the top ...
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Is it possible to shorten the flue/chimney of a range hood?

We are replacing our OTR microwave with a more efficient hood. The microwave hung under a top cabinet, with about 62" of clearance from stove to bottom of top cabinet. Is there a way to shorten the ...
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Best way to shield microwave and cabinets from stovetop steam

We recently installed new cabinets in our kitchen and we also had our microwave vented to the outside. From this two problems have arisen. the Samsung microwave now sporadically gives a C-F0 error....
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Putting a microwave in an island?

We are remodeling our kitchen, and we are going to put the microwave inside of our new island, Below the counter top, Built-in with the cabinets. Our old microwave is an "over the range" microwave ...
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Installing over stove microwave

Can I just hardwire microwave and leave the connected 2 wires with nuts and the gound connected in the cabinet resessed space under bottom of cabinet? And because the electrician who the owner of ...
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New oven/microwave combination unit with 4 wire pigtail

I have a new oven/micro unit just delivered. It has a 4 wire pigtail and the old unit had a 3 prong 30a plug to a 3 prong female wall plug. Can I use the same wall outlet and plug or do I need to ...
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What is this microwave filter thing?

During the process of remodeling my kitchen, I removed the Over-the-range Microwave but when I put back in, I saw this piece I frankly cannot fit it anywhere, not in the bottom or on top at the vent ...
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Do I need to use molly/toggle bolts to mount an over the range microwave if I can attach the mounting bracket to studs?

I recently bought a used KitchenAid microwave (model khmc1857wss0) and have been watching videos on how to mount it. Some videos have them using toggle bolts to mount it, others just screw it into the ...
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Identifying microwave diode that goes from transformer to capacitor

I have a Panasonic Microwave oven (Model: nn-mx25wf). A couple months ago the fuse blew and had to replace it along with the capacitor and diode that connects from the capacitor to the chassis. The ...
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Microwave and Oven Reset

I have a Sharp Microwave and a Whirlpool Oven. A couple of times I've noticed that they've reset and the time clock is flashing. I've already had an electrician check the fusebox and says it is fine....
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How to Disassemble my microwave door?

We had an incident where boiling milk boiled over and spilt all over the counter and dripped onto the microwave where it seems to have entered a space in my microwave door. I would like to open it. ...
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GE Spacemaker XL1400 Microwave - Very loud pop

GE Spacemaker XL1400 (JVM1451BA) Microwave manufactured Dec. 1998 In the span of a month, there were two times that while cooking (popcorn and just re-heating), there was an extremely loud crack or ...
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Is it okay for a Microwave to be off balance, not level on counter top?

we just bought a new counter-top microwave to replace our old dead one & found that when in the exact same place, the new one is off-balance, rocks back'n'forth a bit. after discovering the little ...
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How can I bolt a microwave to the upper cabinet if the bolt hole is stripped?

Of course this happened on the very last step... I am trying to install an over-the-range microwave. I've got it hanging on the bracket that attached to the back wall. All I need to do now is bolt the ...
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Can a broken microwave leak radiation?

Can a microwave malfunction and start leaking radiation? And is there any way to tell? What happens if you're in the same room or standing next to it?
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Is it possible to mount a countertop microwave under a cabinet?

Is it possible to mount a countertop microwave under a cabinet similar to how an over the range microwave is installed ? There are floating shelf brackets that appear to allow this. Is there a ...
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