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How do I replace the magnetron in a Kenmore microwave

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
August 6th, 2012

My Kenmore Elite (Model#66561689100) Microwave does not heat. Sears service said (per phone) that it sounded like the Magnetron needed to be replaced. If this is so, how can I replace this?

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Manage My Life
I am wondering if anyone knows which terminal on the magnetron does the red and white wires plug into. One magnetron terminal has a brown wire going from the terminal to the magnetron itself. The other terminal does not have any wire returning back to the magnetron.
by Manage My Life
August 6th, 2012
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Morris Chin
I am a consumer of Sears for decades, not a appliance Tech. Most magnetrons are covered by a 10 year warranty. Sears is great in honoring manufacture's warranty of covering the parts and labor. When Sears works on a microwave, they will also test for microwave leakage and safety. In-home service from sears will probably charge a fee if the entire unit is out of warranty, even if the magnetron is within the 10 yr. Yet if you bring the microwave to Sears drop off center, the magnetron will be covered if the unit has the 10 yr magnetron warranty. if you have a receipt, that will be great. If not, the serial number can be used to determine the date of manufacture and confirm with Sears if in warranty.
by Morris Chin
October 20th, 2010
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If the magnetron needs replaced I recommend calling for a service technician to come out & replace it. The microwave should be checked first to confirm the diagnosis. This will require accessing the inside components & using a meter to do the testing. We do not advise the customer to remove the cover off of their microwave due to safety reasons. Some internal parts hold a voltage charge of up to 10,000 volts even when disconnect from the power source & special meters are needed to check for RF leakage after the repair is completed. We recommend calling for service on something like this.

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by Manage My Life
October 20th, 2010
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Replacing the magnetron on a Microwave can be quite a challenge to do. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question. A suggestion I have you can visit website to set service with a Sears technicians. I attached the link below. Hope this helps!
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October 19th, 2010
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