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Microwave Runs For a Few Seconds And Stops

The 7 most common part(s) or condition(s) which cause the symptom Microwave runs for a few seconds and stops are listed below starting with the most likely. Check or test each item and watch any available videos.


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Door Switch

If the microwave runs for a few seconds and then shuts off, a door switch might have failed intermittently. Check each of the door switches for any signs of overheating, arcing, or burning. Also check each of them for continuity. Replace any of the switches that is visibly damaged or that only has continuity intermittently.

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What is a model number, and where do I find it?

To see parts for your microwave, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your microwave.

Main Control Board

If the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops there may be a short circuit in the main control board. Check other components first, these boards are often misdiagnosed.

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What is a model number, and where do I find it?

To see parts for your microwave, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your microwave.

Touchpad and Control Panel

If the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops the touchpad and control panel might be defective. There are several other components that can cause this problem, be sure to check any other components before replacing this board.

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What is a model number, and where do I find it?

To see parts for your microwave, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your microwave.

Touchpad

If the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops the touchpad might be at fault. This is not common. Generally speaking, if the microwave display is working and some of the buttons respond correctly but some don’t, the problem is with the touchpad.

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What is a model number, and where do I find it?

To see parts for your microwave, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your microwave.

High Voltage Transformer

If the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops the high voltage transformer might have an intermittent short. This is not common. Check other components related to the microwave symptom first.

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What is a model number, and where do I find it?

To see parts for your microwave, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your microwave.

Thermoprotector

If the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops the thermoprotector may have tripped. This is a safety device to prevent the microwave from overheating. It can be tested for continuity to see if it's blown.

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What is a model number, and where do I find it?

To see parts for your microwave, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your microwave.

Thermostat

If the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops the thermostat might be defective. Watch our video on testing thermostats.

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