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Ramtons Microwave Model RM266 Come In Dead Now Repaired

By on April 10, 2021
Ramtons Microwave oven repair






I received this microwave from a member where I worship, I have repaired several of her items and hence referred me to a friend whose microwave had a problem.

As you know, satisfied customers always come back and refer back more customers, that is how I survive during these Covid times my friend. Since the lady was not the owner she did not have any history about the microwave and therefore I took it off to my workshop.

First I plugged to the power outlet and noticed the microwave has no life in it. Checked the main power fuse and found it okay, I tested the voltage at the input power connector and got zero volts. I decided to check the power cable plug fuse and also found it okay, with that I concluded the cable must be broken inside which is very rare. I substituted another cable and this time I was able to get the 240 Vac.

I did some scanning and noted the bulb has blown, I did a substitute quickly from another microwave. I applied the power and still nothing happened, I opened the door and I noted the bulb now lights, fan is rotating and the turntable motor is rotating but no display. I closed the door and the three components stopped working.

In real live case scenario those components are supported to work when the door is closed but in this case they are behaving opposite. This means I need to do further troubleshooting to find out why the erratic behavior. The next destination is the control board.

ramtons microwave oven repair

Control board receives its power from this small transformer. First was to confirm if this small transformer is getting voltage(240Vac) and yes I got the voltage at the input pins.

Next was to check if there is output from this transformer but instead removing the board I decided to test using fly-back tester. Don’t worry this is a do it yourself meter I did over 8 years ago and still serves me well.

homemade ring tester

As you can see only one led is on and this means even before removing it out of the circuit, I can tell its faulty.

I removed the board and soldered it out of the circuit and replaced with another one I had salvaged from the junk.

homemade ring tester easy

Before replacing I had to confirm it is working, make it a practice to test components from the junk otherwise could be the reason it is there is because of that component.

After passing the test I proceeded to replace and also confirmed in circuit otherwise sometime components failed on the secondary of the transformer can give same results of a faulty transformer.

faulty microwave oven transformer

In circuit test also looks good! This means no component sorted on the secondary side of the transformer.

Then I decided to assemble the control board back and apply the power and see the progress.

how to fix rantoms microwave oven

Display is now working, waiting for next instruction. Learn more on microwave oven repair here.

Thank you friends

Stay safe

humphrey kimathi

Humphrey Kimathi is from Nairobi Kenya and the author of:

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  1. Albert van Bemmelen

    April 10, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    It is always nice to see when someone made a new tool or testing device to enhance the engineer's electronic workbench and sharing this experience! Although I already bought the one from AnaTek USA, plus also their Blue Esr tester.
    And I recently saw an interesting video on how to save and use the turntable motor of any microwave oven in making it into a cheap perfectly working phone charger generator!

    • Parasuraman S

      April 10, 2021 at 4:16 pm

      Vow! Perhaps you would share the conversion of the motor to charger generator in an article!

    • Carlos Posligua

      April 12, 2021 at 11:24 am



  2. Parasuraman S

    April 10, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    That was a wonderful fix with a lot of knowledge applied practically. Many thanks for sharing!

  3. Yogesh Panchal

    April 10, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    Very Professional approach Sir,
    Thanks! for sharing.

  4. moshe

    April 11, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    very very useful to know...thank you for sharing

  5. Waleed Rishmawi

    April 11, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    A job well done. Thanks for sharing

  6. Humberto

    April 14, 2021 at 3:31 am

    What a good repair. Excellent photos and explanation


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