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Have Advantium Oven 120,Model #SCB1001MSS01.. Oven works, but there is a double row of Green blocks on the display area, Cannot set time or clock.

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  • sjlinx Sep 14, 2008

    I have the same problem---we did have small power surge this morning...tried resetting the circuit breaker with no change...can i try anything else??

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

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    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.

    Can you post a good photo of what the display shows?



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SOURCE: GE Profile Advantium Wall Oven 240 volts 950 Watts

How long does it run before it fails? Does it look like the display is getting scrambled characters? I'm leaning toward a bad magnetron, but it may be more or less than that. If you can give more details and especially the actual full model number (as opposed to the model name Advantium 120) that would help. Thanks!

Posted on Oct 05, 2007

MicrowaveSvc
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SOURCE: Microwave stops after about 2 seconds, also have to reset the clock each time

TO mdambros

You have a bad magnetron. We see this over and over.

If it's within the magnetron portion of the warranty (usually 5-9 years) but out of the original full warranty (usually 1 year), then your manufacturer will cover the part cost, but not the cost to visit you or the labor charge to do the work.

You'll save a lot by taking it in yourself.

If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting.

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383

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

TO guest (Panasonic oven)

The door switch you suspected is bad, and it must be replaced. They normally cannot be cleaned or burnished and be reliable.
See http://www.microwavedisplay.com/doorsw.txt

Please feel free to contact me directly if you need more help.

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William E. Miller, AS-EET
prototech@usa.net
http://www.microwavedisplay.com

Posted on Jul 01, 2008

MicrowaveSvc
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SOURCE: I have a GE profile

The first thing to try is a "hard reset". Unplug it from the power line for a minute, plug it back in, set the clock, then try again.

Let us know if the hard reset doesn't fix it.

Posted on Jul 11, 2008

MicrowaveSvc
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SOURCE: GE Profile Advantium 120 Oven not working; less than year old!!

No need to scan now...

We got the service manual for this model and have uploaded it to our site here to help you.

You will need the
free Acrobat Reader to view or print it in case you don't have it.

I'm suspecting the keypad or a door switch or switch mount issue.

Also, you can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

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Posted on Dec 26, 2008

MicrowaveSvc
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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite Advantium 120, model # 363.63693301,

You probably just have a bad primary interlock (upper door switch) or its mount is loose or broken.

Door switch or mount trouble is usually caused by slamming the door or by opening the door while it's cooking without hitting the Stop pad first.

There are plastic mounts inside the microwave which hold the door switches and onto which the door latches lock when you close the door.

The screws on these mounts may be loose. If they get too loose, the switches will not be activated properly.

Sometimes it's a broken tab on the switch holder, allowing the switch to rotate just out of position. This tab can be hard to see, since it is under the bottom edge of the switch.

If the switch mount is broken, it's usually more economical and safer to add a dab or two of hot glue to the mount to secure the switch. Let it cool for about 30 minutes before using.

We have the service / repair manual for this model and have uploaded it to our site here to help you.

It will give you safety info, step by step help in disassembly, troubleshooting tips, and part numbers.

Most computers will open this document automatically, but you may need the free Adobe Reader.

For more on door switches & mounts, see:
http://www.microwavedisplay.com/doorsw.txt

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number from the tag on the oven here.

If a switch is all you need, we offer a universal type for only $5 postpaid which you can order here.

But if you need any cosmetic parts,
enter your full model number at the Sears parts site.

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    If it's still not working, it may have a failed keypad or a problem with the controller.

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    We repair these all the time, and would be happy to help you with more info at no charge. Feel free to contact us.

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