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Shorting out Hi, My spacemaker is shorting out on most buttons pushed. It will stop after a few seconds and the display panel will read gibberish all across it then it asks you to push clock and set time and date again. At first it was not doing that on every button, so I could try a different one and still get it to heat but now it shorts out every time. A few times I reset it with a previous date rather than todays date and it worked longer before shorting out. What does it need to be fixed? J101

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Re: shorting out

Sounds like the units main elecrtonic control board. You can contact your local parts house for the parts as they should have them or call GE at the #b in the owners manual. I must advise you that there is a very hi voltage inside these microwaves so you must have some know how on working on large appliace and if not PLEASE seek a pro to assit you in this repair. Good Luck

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GE spacemaker microwave turns off during cooking and display goes black

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Door Switch

If the microwave runs for a few seconds and then shuts off, a door switch might have failed intermittently. Check each of the door switches for any signs of overheating, arcing, or burning. Also check each of them for continuity. Replace any of the switches that is visibly damaged or that only has continuity intermittently


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Main Control Board

If the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops there may be a short circuit in the main control board. Check other components first, these boards are often misdiagnosed.

Touchpad and Control Panel

If the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops the touchpad and control panel might be defective. There are several other components that can cause this problem, be sure to check any other components before replacing this board.


If the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops the touchpad might be at fault. This is not common. Generally speaking, if the microwave display is working and some of the buttons respond correctly but some don't, the problem is with the touchpad.

High Voltage Transformer

If the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops the high voltage transformer might have an intermittent short. This is not common. Check other components related to the microwave symptom first.


If the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops the thermostat might be defective. Watch our video on testing thermostat

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use the DVOM tester and fix it. God bless you

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