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Why does the breaker trip when you open your microwave oven door?

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There is a switch in the door, when the switch is activated the light comes on, not the microwave itself. Additionally the switch actually prevents the microwave from activating (while the door is open).

No, you shouldn't. Most ovens are built so that you can't. Opening the door turns off the oven. If the door were opened with the oven is running the microwaves aren't shielded and they could harm someone standing in front of the oven. Yes, you can but it instantly stops generating microwaves. As no microwaves are generated with the door open, a properly working microwave can't hurt anyone.

Absolutely not. When you open the door of your microwave oven it causes safety switches to shut off all the microwave power. Then, when you close the door, the switches are reset and the microwave power is ready to be energized as soon as you push the on button so you can resume cooking.

Take the oven to an appliance repair shop. It sounds like the door safety interlock has jammed the opening mechanism.

Most microwave ovens automatically turn off when you open the door. Some others that use dials for timers must be turned to "OFF" to open the door. No microwave oven should operate (actively be running) when the door is opened.

Leakage of microwave radiation past the door seal in a microwave oven.

This Panasonic microwave oven is easy to clean. It has a removable shelf, and a see through drop down door.

they can get in or out in the microwave oven without us knowing it because a microwave has some hole that they can get in without our knowledge

Microwave ovens are designed to stop cooking when the door is opened. This is an important safety feature. Only the cooking process should stop, or pause; the other functions of the oven should remain working. If your microwave oven actually stops completely - no lights or working controls - you need to call for service.

Check the circuit breaker to see if it tripped.

No, which is why they usually shut off when you open them.

It's doubtful; I wouldn't be able to answer that for sure unless I knew the particulars of your set-up (what is your microwave/toaster's draw? what kind of breaker do you have? etc.), but I don't see any reason why this microwave would help that situation.

Microwave ovens should not be used if the door will not close tightly. Most microwave ovens will not turn on without the door locking. The door has shielding in the glass to keep stray microwaves within the oven and not going into the room or the person operating the oven.

Microwaves do not act like normal ovens unless you have a combination oven. True microwave ovens do not work with the door open and rely on friction between the molecules of water,sugar and fat to heat the food from within.

No, since microwave ovens have a safety cut-out that stops the machine whenever the door is opened whilst in use. If you tried doing this, the oven would just switch off until the door was closed again.

This should be located on the inside of the door.

microwave uses an open loop system microwave oven that simply runs for a given time and then stops. It does not care if the food if OK, raw or burnt!

Leakage of possibly harmful microwave radiation from an operating microwave oven due to damaged door seals etc.

They should not be on the same breaker. Micro should be on a 20 amp. Oven should be on a 30 amp by its self.

You can't. Only if it's a microwave-oven

A microwave oven is an electrical appliance. About the only simple machine involved might be the turntable, which is a wheel and axle, and it could be argued that the door is a lever.

There are no famous microwave oven commercials. There were a lot of commercials for microwave ovens in the 1970s, but none stood out as famous. This question probably should have asked what a commercial microwave oven is. A commercial microwave oven is a microwave oven used by restaurants and cafeterias.