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Sensor Error, Funny Smell and Noise

I have a 9 year old GE SpacesaverXL Microwave Oven (JVM1450BA01). It has stopped heating, displays "Sensor Error" near end of cooking time, makes a low growling sound when turned on and leaves a funny odor in the air if I turn it on?
Should I replace the Magnatron or just get a new oven?

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  • Anonymous Oct 25, 2008

    GE spacemaster XL JVM1660CB 004, 5 years old. Smells like burned rubber and will not heat, but sounds ok. Unplugged and reset, still same. Must be magnetron. Called to GE service ctr and said was 9 yrs on Magnetron, but I pay service call and labor of approx $150. Not good, but averaged over 5 years about $30/year, it seems a little better.

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On GE models, "SENSOR ERROR" appears on the display when:

  • Using the sensor feature, the door was opened before steam could be detected. Do not open the door until stream is sensed and time is shown counting down on the display.
  • Steam was not detected in the maximum amount of time. Use Time Cook to heat for more time.
If none of these conditions apply to your situation, then you may have a defective sensor and/or magnetron.

The first thing I would suggest is a hard reset. Unplug the unit for a minute or so. Then plug it back in, set the clock and try again.

If that doesn't work, leave it unplugged for maybe an hour. Then let us know if the hard reset does not fix it.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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