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    Default Don't pitch the Microwave

    Change the fuse!They all have one , they cost any where from .99 cents to $4.00 any hardware store should have them.Saves tons of money. Here is a site that helps with it.

    How to Change a Microwave Fuse | eHow.com

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    My microwave is a handmedown and has to be 10 yrs old. I love it. It is a big one with a rotating bottom (lazy susan type thing). But it quits after about 20-30 minutes of continuous use. It's like it overheats.
    Then after 30 minutes it comes back on with RESET on the readout window.
    I'm going to look into replacin the fuse!!! Thank you. I thought it was about to quit for good.

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    About 15 years ago, DH found a microwave at the curb.

    "There's not much that can go wrong with a microwave," he said.

    He replaced the fuse (around $2), then we gave it to an uncle of mine.

    It worked for years.

    Not sure about some of these newer microwaves, with all their built-in-electronics, though.

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    Hubby replaced the fuse in ours years ago and it is still going strong!

    Yesterday he put a new plug end (couple of bucks at the hardware store) on our leaf blower (that we got free years ago) and it is back up and running.

    It is always better to try to repair something. We have become such a disposable world - it's broken, toss it, and buy a new one. REPAIR IT!

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    We almost always try to repair things at our house! Thanks for the great tip! I'm not sure I would have messed with the "innards" in a microwave before.

    Do you get as much satisfaction from repairing things as I do?

    I love to fix it, keep using it, and chuckle as the "annual cost" keeps shrinking year after year.

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    I too belong to the 'better to fix it up than buy new club' Cannot believe that the repair of material things has been thrown out - along with some other really good values!!

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    Thanks nana.

    Mine is getting right up there in age so might need this info. I really like the size and power of mine too so would like to keep it.

    Love to fix things and keep using.........if I can.

    Just cut some hose off that had a leak and put on a new connector and it is good to go. It was a 100 foot hose too, so sure didn't want to toss it!

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