So, I get to advise the landlord and off he goes to the store for a new one...or, he may tell me to go buy a suitable one and send him the bill. This lesson only cost me $7.32 for the service/installation manual and a couple hours of time...not bad, in my book.
Regards to all - have a great holiday weekend! Jim D/Heathsville, VA
The checkout cost me $45. (The shop said it'd be no charge if I let them dispose of the unit...I guess there's a few parts in there they wanted to get out of it!) Since it belongs to the landlord, I went back and got it from the shop. So - total price of the lesson was under $75 for everything including the gas for my car. At least I can assure the landlord that I tried everything reasonable to get the unit fixed. That should soften the blow of buying a new unit, if he wants one in the house. I'm also going to offer to go half on it with him since I'll get almost 2 years' use out of the unit before I move out.
Thanks once again for your assistance and sanity checks. Regards! Jim D/Heathsville, VA
DEADLY CAUTION!!!!: before tampering with components or making electrical measurements inside a microwave, SAFELY DISCHARGE THE HV CAPACITOR. Even this procedure requires a very knowledgable person. Unplugging the microwave will NOT necessarily render the capacitor safe!
Here is the fix: after a power outage, click on the Clock button, then 10min/1min/10sec/1sec buttons in succession. Then I think you can push the usual buttons to activate a cooking session ..it should reset at that point. My wife discovered this by happenstance.
Now, my problem: The display panel works, but when I am ready to push the start button to heat a bowl of water for 1 minute, i get dead silence and no change on the display panel. The vent fan works, the under hood light works. I am thinking this may be one or all of the door/interlock switches.
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