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PartSelect Number PS2577626
The magnetron is used to generate microwave energy/heat. This magnetron and stirrer kit is used for some microwaves.
This part works with the following brands: GE, Hotpoint & Kenmore.
The part that made this difficult was that you had to unmount the microwave first. It's a bilt bulky.Once the unit is on the table, you have to take the case off to get to the inside. Then you have to make sure the high voltage capacitor is discharged before poking around. I had to remove the transformer in order to get to the magnetron. Part fit perfectly. Stirrer was easy since you could get to it from the inside of the microwave. Reassembled and unit is working again. The hard part was really mounting and unmounting the unit.
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Once you remove the outside cover, there is a vertical internal shield held in by several screws that needs to be removed to gain access to the magnetron. Then you can unplug the main connector and unscrew the two screws that secure a thermal switch to its side. The nuts on the top that hold it in are tight, but can be undone. A minor nuisance is that you can't get it out without moving the high voltage transformer underneath it out of the way (also a few screws to undo it). Replacing the stirrer is quickly done from inside the cooking area by prying out the small plastic piece that secures the round plastic cover in the roof to gain access. The repair kit also comes with the high voltage diode, located to the front of the magnetron, which should also be replaced. One awkward screw holds the ground end to the chassis and the other end can be pulled down and off the capacitor terminal with pliers. Be careful not to touch the open capacitor terminal, in case it still has voltage on it.
ordered the part and did the whole job in less that 2 hours. Working perfectly now.
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