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PartSelect Number PS239710
This part works with the following brands: GE, Hotpoint & Kenmore.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Continuity checks showed the flame sensor was open. Schematic notes it opens at 217 degrees and closes at 30 degrees. Removed sensor and placed in freezer for twenty minutes. Tested sensor and it was now closed, reinstalled and microwave worked normally. Ordered new sensor in case the original is operating at too low a temperature.
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I took the cover off and followed the electric current to see if it got as far as the display.I did not get past the thermostat shut off where the current stoped. I jumped the thermostat and the unit worked. The part was so inexpensive that I decided to replace it rather than try and freeze the old one in hopes of "reseting" it.
removed cover and tested fuse, fuse ok, check flame switch (thermostat) bypassed it with thin wire ,all power on!!...ordered it, got it, replace it within 5 min, as soon as part arrived.
Traced out 120volts from neutral to hot though fuse, and "high limit" switch screweed to far side of oven exterior cavity. High limit thermostat was "open". Jumped it out to see if unit would produce heat. Melted 1/2 cup of ice in thirty seconds. Ordered new part. Later foud out hi limit can be "re-set" by subjecting it to sub-freezing temperatiures. This is true, but I installed new part just to be safe. Machine is working fine now and has been in daily srvice for over two weeks.
It pays to troubleshoot a broken appliance before thinking about buying a new one. I removed the cover and found the manufacturer's circuit and troubleshooting diagrams inside. The fuse was good, next in line was the flame sensor. Meter showed it was open, so I knew that was it. Disconnect the wires and screw, replace part, replace cover. DONE! I knew I had the right part from the pictures on PartSelect's web site. Total cost under $20 compared to ten times that for a new one. Had the part in two days.
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