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  1. #26
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    Betting that the parts you need to repair it are under some kind of restriction because they can be used to build a dirty bomb. Did anyone see Super-8?
    Go that way really REALLY fast. If something gets in your way, TURN!

  2. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by SumJongGuy View Post
    Betting that the parts you need to repair it are under some kind of restriction because they can be used to build a dirty bomb. Did anyone see Super-8?
    Like pressure-cookers, magnetrons are readily available: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=magnetron&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

    Doubt any other parts would be restricted

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    Quote Originally Posted by plugboots View Post
    It's an over the range unit, so replacement is $300-400.
    Quite a few OTR models on Home Depot's website right now for <$250: https://www.homedepot.com/b/Applianc...P_PRC_MODE%7C0

    I just went through exactly this (bad magnetron in a OTR unit) a few months ago. I found this LG model at my local HD, it's quite nice: https://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Elect...62ST/206824938 I scored it on the display model clearance shelf for a bit less than that price, but it's worth $200 for sure.

    As evidenced by my recent post in the "Shit that Annoys You" thread I also prefer repairing shit that is otherwise fine, but it just wasn't worth it in this case.

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    ^^^ We are on the same page. I was debating if I wanted to add any features but basically we warm up coffee and leftovers in it, so probably cheapest is better. Iím not sure if Iíd go LG because the appliances are close together and I want them to match, (at least sort of).
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    Plug, Where you located? I just realized I have a barely used OTR LG buried in the garage. I keep meaning to put it on CL but keep forgetting

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    Well, if fixing is more expensive than replacing, I guess it doesn't make sense (apart from avoiding environmentally-disastrous, disposable-society mentality).

    But fixing shit that's not your specialty is very satisfying. I recently had my ceiling fan remote stop working. The only compatible replacement was like $80, and had the size and aesthetics of a 70's cell phone. So I debugged the circuit board, and was surprised to find I was able to fix it. I felt smug (the good kind of smug).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcski View Post
    Plug, Where you located? I just realized I have a barely used OTR LG buried in the garage. I keep meaning to put it on CL but keep forgetting
    Near Seattle.
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    Ah dang, I was thinking you were in the Bay Area too.

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    I have repaired two countertop units. In each case it was a fuse you wouldnít know existed unless you took the cover off the appliance. They were obviously not designed for consumer repair

    My current micro is a built in over the range. It Looses the microwave heater after it heats up after several minutes of use. After a rest period it will work again. I need to get a replacement part, but itís not critical. It does reheat my coffee

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    Anybody repaired a microwave oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by plugboots View Post
    Everything works but it doesn't heat anything. When the magnetron kicks on, it's noisier than it was, so pretty sure that it's the magnetron, which seems to be about $100-150.

    The repair guys I talked to just said get a new one. It's an over the range unit, so replacement is $300-400. WTF, I feel like taking it apart while a game is on.

    It's probably the power diode. I didn't read any of the other posts, so if other people said that, sorry. When the diode fails, the microwave gets really loud and takes longer and longer to heat, till finally it doesn't do shit.

    You can test the diode with most multimeters these days. Either that or you can rig up some 9v battery/resistor circuit with an ammeter or just use a battery/lightbulb combo or one of those cheap test lights from the auto parts store.

    Edit:
    With a bad diode, there's probably a blown fuse, too. The last microwave I repaired was a combo: diode failed then fuse blew.

    Oh. Also, the magnetron failure, if it is failed, could have been caused by the diode failure.

    As the cobwebs clear, I'm remembering more of my own saga. Found the fuse, replaced the fuse, blew the fuse, identified the bad diode, replaced the fuse and the diode, identified the bad magnetron, replaced the magnetron. Warmed up my coffee.

    After you've replaced the magnetron be sure to scavenge the badass magnets out of the old one.

    Anyway, if your microwave is irreplaceable for some reason, I'd say it's worth repairing. If it's just some ugly little microwave, replace it.
    Last edited by lucknau; 09-22-2019 at 03:29 AM.

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