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Hitachi Microwave Exhaust Fan Not Working

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Microwave exhaust fan not working are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Microwave exhaust fan not working

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Cause 1Door Switch

Door Switch

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Cause 2Exhaust Fan Motor

To determine if the fan motor is defective, remove the fan motor from the microwave and try turning the fan blades by hand. If the blades do not turn freely, replace the fan motor. If the fan blades do turn freely, use a multimeter to test the motor for incoming power and for continuity. If the motor has power but won’t run, replace it. If the motor does not have continuity, replace it.

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Cause 3Thermostat

The thermostat monitors the air temperature and turns on the fan when necessary. If the thermostat is defective, it won’t turn on the exhaust fan at all. Use a multimeter to test the thermostat for continuity. If the thermostat does not have continuity, replace it.

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Cause 4Grille

Grille

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Cause 5Control Module

Control Module

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Cause 6Micro Switch

Micro Switch

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Cause 7Main Control Board

The main control board might be defective. However, this is not usually the case. Before replacing the control board, first check the exhaust fan motor and wiring. If the exhaust fan motor is not getting power, the main control board might be at fault.

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Cause 8Control Board

If the exhaust fan indicator comes on when the fan button is pressed on the control panel, but you've determined that power is not reaching the fan motor, then it's likely the control board is defective and should be replaced.

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Cause 9Vent Grille

Vent Grille

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Cause 10Door Assembly

Door Assembly

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Cause 11Drive Motor

Drive Motor

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Cause 12Touchpad and Control Panel

If the exhaust fan indicator doesn't come on when the fan touchpad button is pressed on the control panel, it's likely the touchpad and control panel assembly is malfunctioning and should be replaced.

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Cause 13Touchpad

If the exhaust fan indicator doesn't come on when the fan touchpad button is pressed, it's likely the touchpad is malfunctioning and should be replaced.

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Cause 14Control Panel

If the exhaust fan indicator doesn't come on when the fan button is pressed on the control panel, it's likely the control panel is malfunctioning and should be replaced.

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