Originally Posted by Appliancedude
.....Carefull if you ever work on a microwave. AND JUST FYI. I will not give any advise on them. High voltage capacitors can store upwards of 4000v. Even with the micro unplugged, if that cap is charged and you touch it, well I'll send flowers to your funeral.
My dad started repairing TVs in the early 1950s, well we kids used to strip down the old junk chasis for parts, saved everything. Before starting with the soldering iron we took small screwdrivers on the small capacitors and dead shorted all of them to make sure none were still charged.....they'll hold a charge a long, long time.
At first my dad did the big ones, those old TVs transformers went up to 20 to 25,000 volts, quite a kick, and made for great projects like Jacob's ladders, you know like in the old Frankenstein movies.
That's why be careful where you stick your hands.