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GE microwave f3 code

The microwave is displaying f3 on the screen. It won't allow me to push buttons on the keypad and the fan is on. How do I turn it off.

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You have a shorted touch pad.. here is a link for a replacement.. http://www.pcappliancerepair.com/model-display.php

If you open up everything and examine the touch pad, you may see something that is causing the short and fix it, oherwise, you'll have to remove and replace it.. Hope this helps..

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Hold a blowdryer in the corner of the keypad then slowly move it down as you peel it back (but not off). Take a sponge with the tiniest bit of dish soap and run it over both the sticky part (back of the circuits) and the place it is stuck to. Blowdry this til touchably dry and then reapply the kaypad face. Wait about 10 minutes until you plug in again for it to cool off.

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If and when an oven is coming on or doing anything by itself, this is very dangerous and can result in a fire.

So until it is repaired, please leave it unplugged or leave the door open when it's not in use, and please do not leave it running unattended.

We regularly repair such control units for customers nationwide by mail in about a week or so with a one-year guarantee.

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The code f3 is a short in the key pad for more than 60 seconds
go to GE .com and enter your model # and you can get a price to do it your self
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If you (or someone you know) might want to replace it yourself, I have uploaded a handy guide with pictures showing you what's typically involved.

If you would like to have us do this for you, we do that for $39.95 plus part costs.

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We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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