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Old 5/12/14, 9:27 PM
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Default Microwave oven tester defect

After a few seconds in the microwave, my tester started sparking, smoking and melting. I must have gotten a defective unit.

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Old 5/12/14, 9:40 PM
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Email me fastreply@nachi.org your shipping address and I'll send you 5 more. I have a question though.... did you run it with a cup of water in the microwave?
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Old 5/12/14, 10:39 PM
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I like mine, last a long time until I leave at property. Can I get a few more?
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Old 5/12/14, 10:42 PM
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I have not burnt one in 3-4 years because I learned to take them out the second they glow.
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Old 5/12/14, 10:57 PM
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I have a question though.... did you run it with a cup of water in the microwave?
No I didn't. Just the tester alone.



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Old 5/13/14, 10:10 AM
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I have not burnt one in 3-4 years because I learned to take them out the second they glow.
Never burnt one

Never use a cup of water.

Like Bob as soon as it starts flashing orange I open the door.

I have left a few behind.



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Old 5/13/14, 2:09 PM
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After a few seconds in the microwave, my tester started sparking, smoking and melting. I must have gotten a defective unit.

Attachment 74516
The newer crop of devices do burn up and fast! I have been through several over the last year.
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Old 5/13/14, 2:43 PM
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Like Bob as soon as it starts flashing orange I open the door.
Just an FYI I learned after replacing a switch inside the microwave:

The tech said never open the door to stop the microwave because it permits high voltage to jump across the switch making it burn out sooner. Always use the stop/cancel button. I don't know enough about them to verify anything like that but I do try to follow his advice now. It was a service call, labor and part for $130 or so...can't really remember exactly just now.




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Old 5/13/14, 2:55 PM
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Never burnt one

Never use a cup of water.

Like Bob as soon as it starts flashing orange I open the door.

I have left a few behind.
Same here, every now and then I leave one behind. I hate when happens because I never realize it until my next inspection.
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Old 5/13/14, 3:07 PM
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Just an FYI I learned after replacing a switch inside the microwave:

The tech said never open the door to stop the microwave because it permits high voltage to jump across the switch making it burn out sooner. Always use the stop/cancel button. I don't know enough about them to verify anything like that but I do try to follow his advice now. It was a service call, labor and part for $130 or so...can't really remember exactly just now.
I will have to call BS on that one Larry.

The door interlock switch is in series with the same circuit as the timer controller.

I think the tech was puling your leg.

Here is a simplified diagram to illustrate why:




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Old 5/13/14, 3:08 PM
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Same here, every now and then I leave one behind. I hate when happens because I never realize it until my next inspection.
Just email me fastreply@nachi.org for a free replacement.
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Old 5/13/14, 3:27 PM
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Awesome, thank you Nick
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Old 5/13/14, 4:40 PM
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bulbs dropped out of mine



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