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Old 05-05-2012, 12:46 PM
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Model Number: FMV156DBB   Brand: Frigidaire   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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my microwave timer works and is lit up inside but doesn't actually heat up. when it first started doing it i could lift up on the door and it would come on so slightly adjusted hinges and it was working for a short while but now it wont work again. seems to me it could be where the door hooks close in the microwave but not sure. any other possible remedys?


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Old 05-08-2012, 12:29 PM
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If the unit will turn on, light up and possibly rotate the table, just won't heat you have a magnetron issue. It has completely gone out on you. Now most manufacturers have a limited part warranty on just this part. I would, before you decide to do any repairs or replace the unit, contact Frigidaire at 1-888-203-1389, Monday through Saturday 8a-8p EST, to see if your unit does have a limited warranty. If so, then ask what they suggest and is most economical for you. If you have the magnetron under warranty you may still be required to pay for installation labor. That could run you one to two hours of labor = $75-100 each hour. Or a flat fee if the service company does that. Compare that cost to a possible replacement with a brand new Frigidaire unit with a one year manufacturer's warranty. Frigidaire has a great lineup of built in and counter top microwave units that have exceeded many expectations recently.
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:19 PM
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hey chris thanks for replying, i guess i wasn't clear enough on what's happening with it. there is no sound and inside it doesn't rotate so that part of it doesn't work but the light comes on and the timer counts down. and like i said,at one point i could lift up on the door while it was closed and it would come on and heat so I'm thinking it's in one or both relays where the door hooks connect in the microwave.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:04 AM
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Thanks for getting back with me to clarify. If the unit works "sometimes" but needs a little extra help with holding or pushing the door a certain way I am leaning towards a possibly interlock, door sensor switch and/or the control connections (wiring harness) from it to the control panel that is faulty. The door switch is part 5304440026 and will run you around $20. Can I guarantee that is what the problem is? No, but I would definitely start there. If you get into any of the wiring or control harness components then you are more likely to spend more repairing the unit than investing in a new Frigidaire or Electrolux microwave unit.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:34 AM
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thanks chris that's exactly the way i was leaning. i'm gonna bypass the door sensor and see if it works. and thanks for the info on the cost of the other parts cuz if its one of those i'll now know to just replace it. thanks again,paul
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:11 AM
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Paul, no problem. Stay in touch I am curious to see what exactly is the root culprit and see if I can help any other way. If you need a parts break down on the unit I do have one, but I have to email it to you due to size.
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