We love our microwaves. They have revolutionized the world of popcorn. The make leftover reheating easy. Without them, Jenny Craig would be out of business. So when the microwave isn't working, it can seem like an emergency.
Lets shed a light on your microwave...literally. There are a wide variety of lamps used in microwave ovens. A common one is this 40w 130v intermediate screw in lamp, part 26QBP0936.
A magnetron like the three we just showed you,require a LOT of electricity to work. To get to that point, incoming power first passes through a high voltage transformer. The transformer takes the incoming power (120 or 240 VAC) then "transforms" it to a much higher voltage of anywhere from 3000-5000 DC.
Important note: Capacitors store lethal amounts of energy. THEY CAN KILL YOU! Make sure the capacitor has been discharged before servicing. If you are unsure of whast that means, please call a technician who can safely do the repair.
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