The digital display on my mother's microwave oven is impossible to read.
Only parts of the numbers are displayed. What might be the cause? Is
it an easy fix that I can do or do I have to have it repaired? If I
can't fix it myself, it would probably be cheaper to dump it and buy a
new one. Thanks for any advice.
If the display isn't hard connected it's probably a "loose
disconnection" between the display panel and a circuit board. Sometimes
the multiple connections required to run the display are made with a
strip of alternating thin laminated conductive and insulating
elastomers, and disassembly and cleaning the areas with alcohol will
restore all the connections.
But, if you're not already familiar and competent with electronic
repairs, fughedit and buy mom an early Mother's Day present.
Exact same thing happened to my Mom's old microwave. She lived with it for
about a year, then we replaced it with an OTR one.
Since a competent (non-OTR) range is <$100, it's not worth a pro repair,
like you already mentioned.
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