I had one years ago that used to do that. The bloke in the spares shop said
that "microwave fuses were the repair man's bread and butter".
It would blow the fuse every 6 months or so. The fuse was a quid in them
days, I used to do business with the guy and he did like me.
Well the replacement fuses arrived on Friday (I ordered two).
So today I went to my parents for Sunday dinner, tested the recitifer (it
was OK) inserted the fuse and the microwave worked.
BTW Can anyone guess who made the front page of this weeks edition of the
Sunday Express:-)? Clue - she was on the front page of last weeks edition.
Thanks for the input from everyone who replied. All sorted for 4 and we
still have a spare fuse in case this one decides to just die.
On Sunday, September 1, 2013 2:47:47 PM UTC+1, firstname.lastname@example.org w
> >> "ARW" <adamwadsworth> wrote in message
> >>> I do not have a model number and it is a combi microwave.
> >>> All appears well but the microwave oven bit does not work (it goes
> >>> through the motions but does not actually heat anything up). I took
> >>> the cover off and the 5kV .8A fuse had blown.
> >>> A new fuse is £2 but what should I be looking at before just
> >>> replacing the fuse. Fuses seldom blow without reason.
> > The HV rectifier. It may just be the fuse though, 2A and under tend
> > to self blow in time.
> Well the replacement fuses arrived on Friday (I ordered two).
> So today I went to my parents for Sunday dinner, tested the recitifer (i
> was OK) inserted the fuse and the microwave worked.
> BTW Can anyone guess who made the front page of this weeks edition of th
> Sunday Express:-)? Clue - she was on the front page of last weeks editio
> Thanks for the input from everyone who replied. All sorted for £4 and
> still have a spare fuse in case this one decides to just die.
Always test fuses before fitting :)
A shorted HV rectifier or shorted HV capacitor would blow it.
Also, if the magnetron has somehow suffered a catastrophic internal
failure, it might end up with the anode and cathode shorted, but that
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Well I am sure I can test a rectifier, but how to test the cap?
I am happy to throw a few quid into getting it working but I do not want to
bugger around for days on end with the thing.
It's at my parents house and my Dad can get a couple of these ordered before
I go back there
On Sunday, August 25, 2013 4:22:11 PM UTC+1, email@example.com wro
Simple, short the dead fuse & plug in. Nuke HV fuses just protect against f
ire risk from prolonged overrunning of the transformer. Testing it for a mi
nute won't get it anywhere near hot enough. And millions of nukes have no s
uch fuse too. If its ok with no fuse, fit one and its done.
Where microwaves are concerned, replacing the fuse is the quick simple
diagnostic job. It will probably be on the low voltage sde, not the HV.
Other options are replacing the transformer or the magnetron, if there
is definately no heating effect.
If that fuse had blown from fault current, i'd expect the glass to be
blackened a little, also be able to see splatter from the wire opening under
I had the HV fuse blow on my nuker a few years ago, absolutely no signs of
high current rupture, the wire was just floating disconnected from one end,
fatigue from the vibrations of the magnetron and the fuse being unusually
long for such a low current,
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