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In general, a microwave leak detector is an electronic device used on microwave ovens to check for leaks around the door seal. The device "looks for" microwave energy that might be getting past the seals. There are a number of different types ranging from "cheapie" meters to "survey units" that cost hundreds of dollars and should be calibrated yearly.

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