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High pitched hum/buzz

My Kenmore Elite microwave (countertop model) is making a high pitched humm or buzz, almost can't hear it at all. It's louder when you open the door. It works just fine except the sound. We unplugged it for now. Any suggestions? GE je1590sh02 one year old. Make high pitched hum or howl while operating. Sound is similar to that made if you rub around the rim of a crystal goblet with tip of finger. Cooks food ok. GE je1590sh02 one year old. Make high pitched hum or howl while operating. Sound is similar to that made if you rub around the rim of a crystal goblet with tip of finger. Cooks food ok.

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  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    Did you try it again after unplugging it for a while?

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SOURCE: High pitched hum/buzz

By high-pitched, you mean it is not that same frequency as when it's cooking? Is the tone near or the same as the beep you hear when you press a key? Please post a little more information so we can help better.

Posted on Nov 28, 2006

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Hi, this is common in most microwaves. this abnormal noise is coming from a faulty Magnetron. this device is responsible for the heating process and, it is damaged and not heating at all at this point.Simply replace the Magnetron and, this unit will start to heat once more.

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SOURCE: GE JVM1850CH06 microwave no heat with loud humming sound

With the details you described, the high voltage diode might be shorted( usually HVR 1X). It is connected from the Capacitor and the chassis, or else the capacitor is the one at fault,but not common .

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