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Frigidaire Over the Range Microwave
« on: November 03, 2008, 01:08:18 AM »
I have a 4 year old Frigidaire Electrolux Over the Range Microwave that keeps shutting off a few seconds after starting.  The display starts to flicker slightly and then it shuts off.  The only way to get it to operate is to reset the clock.  After 3 or 4 times resetting the clock it will stay running.  Everything else works perfectly.  Haven't had any power fluctuations.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Model PLMV168CC1

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Re: Frigidaire Over the Range Microwave
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008, 06:08:30 AM »
There is a safety thermostat on the magnetron that will interrupt power to the control board if high temps are reached or an overload occurs. Chances are the problem is more serious, since this is a safety measure to prevent a fire.

Unless you have personal ties to this unit, find a new one at Home Depot or someplace and replace it. A bad mag tube will cost more than this one is worth.
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Re: Frigidaire Over the Range Microwave
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008, 07:57:42 PM »
 The part won't be the cost it will be the labor. You can replace it yourself.
 To check the mag you need a ohm meter. The 2 legs of course need to have continuity and if either leg is shorted to chassis then the mag is bad. Check the mag tower for a burned mark. This is a sure sign of a bad mag.
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Re: Frigidaire Over the Range Microwave
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008, 12:43:31 AM »
Thanks for the reply.  How much trouble is it to get to the mag?  Sounds like the whole cabinet needs to be opened up.  Is this dangerous?

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Re: Frigidaire Over the Range Microwave
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2008, 12:52:44 AM »
There is a safety thermostat on the magnetron that will interrupt power to the control board if high temps are reached or an overload occurs. Chances are the problem is more serious, since this is a safety measure to prevent a fire.

Unless you have personal ties to this unit, find a new one at Home Depot or someplace and replace it. A bad mag tube will cost more than this one is worth.

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Re: Frigidaire Over the Range Microwave
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008, 01:08:56 AM »
Actually, I do have personal ties to this unit.  I paid $358 for it, has been used very little and it's also my range hood.  I don't consider it a throw away.  I will have to pay a technician to either fix this one or install a new one.  Which do you think would be cheaper?  Thanks for your opinion.

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Re: Frigidaire Over the Range Microwave
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008, 05:02:45 AM »
If your warranty states that the magnetron is covered for 5 years, then you have some leverage. You will only pay for the labor. That's between you and whoever you call to come out, as prices vary. The actual cost of the magnetron is around $130, and I am speculating that you will pay at least $100 to have it installed.

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Re: Frigidaire Over the Range Microwave
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008, 09:13:49 AM »
If all the safetys and the mag seem to be ok then look for a black fuse like the one shown way away from the rest of the controls hidden on the opposite side of the oven.
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Re: Frigidaire Over the Range Microwave
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2008, 11:22:20 PM »
The magnetron has a ten year warranty, so I'll start there.  Thanks for the assistance.

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Re: Frigidaire Over the Range Microwave
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2009, 02:50:21 PM »

Have you been able to fix it or is it for sale for parts? I have a Plmv168cc1 and looking for parts.



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