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Load humming.(louder then normal.) - GE Microwave Ovens

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  • iluvmyshort Jan 06, 2009

    It seems I have a similar problem. My GE makes a humming sound that kicks in about 2 seconds after turning it on to heat food up. Other than that it works perfectly. What could be the casue?

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    Is it still heating?

    If not, I would say the high voltage rectifier diode is shorted.

    If it is still heating, you magnetron is going out.

    How old is it? What is the model number?

    GE's have a magnetron warranty of 5-9 years in most cases.


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It does not heat.

I already replaced the HV diode. That did not fix the problem

It still has a loud hum and no heat. I'm guessing the magnetron.

The unit is six years old. I did not purchase it, the unit came with my house.

Model # JE1660MB002

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