I always ask the same question about a few persons that always tell
everyone to hire a professional on this NG, no matter what the problem
is. I agree there are times to do that, but surely not because
someone has some minor, non-threatening problem. On the rare occasion
that I tell someone to hire a pro, it's because they are dealing with
something dangerous and from their message they have proven they do
not have a clue what they are doing. But these people that tell
everyone to hire a pro, no matter what the question, really are
irritating, and I take it as an insult to the OP, because even a
complete idiot knows that if they got lots of money, all they have to
do is dial a phone. If someone posts a question on this NG, it's
obvious they are trying to do the repair themselves.
That's seems to be the most common part to fail. Microwave ovens are
pretty simple. There really is not that much to them.....
You probably have one of the first models ever made. Sharp seemed to
make all of them back then.... My mother had a Sharp from that era.
It finally died last year, and she bought a new MW and tossed that old
one before I had a chance to tinker with it. She said it blew sparks
and made smoke, and she was so freaked out that she called pulled the
plug and ran over by the neighbor to have them call the fire
department. The neighbor ran over and said there was no fire, so they
did not call the fire dept.
Mom is very old and tends to freak out from things like this.
However, she did the right thing by unplugging it.
I still hear about this "terrible fire" everytime I see her now !!!
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