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# 214127 28-Apr-2017 17:38
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We use our microwave as a timer, set to 10 minutes, thought it was timer. Came back after couple of minutes, dead. Just smells a bit like burned plastic.

 

Nothing broken inside / melted. Microwave is less than 1 year old.

 

It's a Samsung Me6104st1

 

 

 

So, did some research, most likely the fuse is blown. But how do I find out where it is? And which one I need? Does a generic one like this one work?

 

Thanks, hope this is the right subforum.


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  # 1772078 28-Apr-2017 18:00
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If it smells like burnt plastic then sounds like a bigger issue than a simple blown fuse

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  # 1772080 28-Apr-2017 18:02
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Linux: If it smells like burnt plastic then sounds like a bigger issue than a simple blown fuse

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Maybe, but it randomly smelled like that when it was operating normal. Not a huge smell.

 

Where can I find the service manual, i.e. how to know where the fuse is? 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1772081 28-Apr-2017 18:06
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DO NOT OPEN A MICROWAVE IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING

 

Microwave ovens contain a high voltage capacitor that if not discharged can carry enough charge to kill.

 

There are a few deaths every year in Australia and New Zealand from people not knowing what they are doing with microwave ovens.

 

When a Microwave oven is operated without anything in it will cause high standing wave ratio on the Magnetron.

 

There is a good chance the Magnetron in cooked and probably not worth repairing the oven.

 

Take the Mirowave to a repair shop.

 

Regards

 

John

 

PS I used to fix Microwave ovens and know the dangers.





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  # 1772083 28-Apr-2017 18:09
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As above smart words

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  # 1772085 28-Apr-2017 18:11
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SATTV:

 

DO NOT OPEN A MICROWAVE IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING

 

Microwave ovens contain a high voltage capacitor that if not discharged can carry enough charge to kill.

 

There are a few deaths every year in Australia and New Zealand from people not knowing what they are doing with microwave ovens.

 

When a Microwave oven is operated without anything in it will cause high standing wave ratio on the Magnetron.

 

There is a good chance the Magnetron in cooked and probably not worth repairing the oven.

 

Take the Mirowave to a repair shop.

 

Regards

 

John

 

PS I used to fix Microwave ovens and know the dangers.

 

 

@John, thank you. But I'm reading that the breaker panel is separated? Maybe that's safe to open, or not?


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  # 1772087 28-Apr-2017 18:19
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Wait, you run the microwave with nothing in it as a timer?




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Perhaps you have been microwaved, you may now possess superpowers see if you now have super strength or are turning a different colour. You may not need a microwave any more and can cook your food  with laser beams from your eyes. 





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  # 1772092 28-Apr-2017 18:44
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Filterer: Wait, you run the microwave with nothing in it as a timer?

 

 

 

its what i use mine for 60% of the time





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  # 1772097 28-Apr-2017 19:00
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Filterer: Wait, you run the microwave with nothing in it as a timer?

 

I'm assuming OP intended to use the separate timer function but instead of 'Timer>10 min>Go' accidentally went 'Power>10 min>Go'.

 

I've almost done that myself a few times. Well, least I don't think I have ever done it. 


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  # 1772098 28-Apr-2017 19:02
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Filterer: Wait, you run the microwave with nothing in it as a timer?

 

 

 

perhaps some of these people have been standing too close to their microwave to have any common sense left.


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  # 1772103 28-Apr-2017 19:23
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If you've turned the microwave on with no food in it it'll basically cook itself to death after about around 5 mins due to nothing to absorb the energy.

 

Many ovens have a thermal fuse that will trip to save it. Some won't.

 

As pointed out though you should never open a microwave yourself. The risks mentioned above are very real.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  # 1772118 28-Apr-2017 19:51
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My dearly departed Nana used to keep a glass of water in the microwave at all times, just in case of an accident like this.





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  # 1772132 28-Apr-2017 20:18
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Some of you folks need to have your brains checked. Turning on a microwave oven with nothing inside, to use as a timer? Sheesh. Timers cost a dollar a dozen. Microwaves, not so much.

 

OP, take it to the repair shop.





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  # 1772133 28-Apr-2017 20:24
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I just say "OK Google, set timer for 10 minutes" and my phone takes care of the rest. tongue-out


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  # 1772134 28-Apr-2017 20:26
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Thought everybody had a mobile these days, which usually have timers

Just don't use your mobile as a timer whilst charging its battery in the microwave ;-)




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