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My two year old Whirlpool over the range microwave stopped

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My two year old Whirlpool over the range microwave stopped microwaving. Fuse is good and all other components are working except the capability to microwave.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Bryan replied 9 years ago.
you probably have a bad magnetron in this , can you give me model # ? I dont recomend you repair this yourself, the capacitor stores lethal amount of voltage even when its unplugged, I recomend calling for service on these. I will however if you get me model # XXXXX you price for magnetron so you wil know the cost of part if thats what it is, thanks Bryan
Customer: replied 9 years ago.

Bryan, thanks for your prompt reply. The Model number is XXXXX The service plus parts costs may show that it would be cheaper to buy a new one that having this one repair. Could you give me in addition to the cost of the magnetron the estimated repair cost.

Expert:  Bryan replied 9 years ago.
sorry for late reply, long day at work just got here to see all the parts available for your microwave,!retrieve.action?pop=true&modelNumber=GH5176XPT-0.&pop=flush the problem with you attempting to fix this yourself I mentioned above but these are also very hard to test without special equipment. but at least you can get an idea of parts costs. hope this helps Bryan
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Customer: replied 9 years ago.


Bryan, I wish to apologize for not replying to you sooner. I did follow your advice and considered not fixing it myself. The part was $72 but not having the corresponding equipment to check for proper settings, I dropped the idea. I bought a new GE microwave, which is the same size as the Whirlpool, for what I believe is less than it would have cost me to have it repair. The cost of the new was $200. Thanks for the help.