Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven
Vent fan and Stove top lights don't turn on. Something popped while changing the light bulb. We have an 18 year old GE Spacemaker JVM13OH 001 and I recently replaced the bulb and a few days later it blew out and the vent fan stopped working, too. It sounds from this forum that this can happen when changing the bulb without unplugging it. I did not unplug it, and never have, and I guess it caught up to me this time. It's an old microwave so we're probably due for a new one, and it's never heated very well (it doesn't even get popcorn hot enough to pop), but short of buying a new one right now, what would be my repair option to fix the light and fan? Also, is there any hazard in still using the microwave since the bulb and fan stopped working? Thanks!
I would not waste the time or money unless you are very handy with repairing things of this nature. Your best bet is to replace your microwave. If you need any assistance locating a quality replacement please let me know. Please take a moment to accept and rate my solution accordingly.
Posted on Oct 22, 2008
The problem is on the control panel,
This light failure often occurs when a bulb goes out and the filament shorts, or when the bulbs are removed or installed without first unplugging the oven from the power line. Either can cause such a failure on the controller.This can often also affect the exhaust fan operation, too. The lights and fan can be inoperable or stuck on too.
Posted on Sep 27, 2008
If the fan is not working, the microwave should not be used, as it may cause overheating, causing further damage to the appliance ad potentially fire damaged.
From description it looks like the appliance has a short circuit, probably in the wirings powering the lamp.
The unit must be taken apart and tested to fix this.
Here is a good repairman: MicrowaveSvc
Posted on Sep 27, 2008
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