Question about Frigidaire PLMV168 Microwave Oven
The popcorn button has never worked, when you press the popcorn button, the display freaks out and the clock must be reset. However in the last couple of days, while cooking and after a few seconds to a minute, the microwave stops and the display reads "please set clock". Can the two problems be related? Please help! Jack
I had this problem also, but what happened with mine is that it popped about 1/2 the bag and then the light popped inside the microwave and it shut down completely. My husband went out to see if the circuit breaker popped, it didn't, but he switched it anyway and the microwave came back on. So he put the micro on a power surge protector, and we tried again, but this time we used the minute timer and it just popped about 1/2 the bag and then blew. The surge protector still was working and so was the outlet, but the microwave was blown. About a 1/2 hour later, I looked in to see the micro and the clock had come back on. We just purchased this at Home Depot this past weekend, should we take it back and get another one? or is it our electical outlet?
Posted on Mar 12, 2007
Jack, I just started having the same problem with my GE Spacemaker microwave a week ago. I've had it for only 16 months, and it was manufactured in January 2005. It shuts off after a few seconds of heating and then you have to reset the clock and date. And then it does it again. I did some research on the web...searching GE JVM1650 problems...and found some unfortunate information from Epinions.com. Other people are having the same problem and it may be an "non-repairable problem." I wrote GE an email a week ago through their customer service and have not received a response. (I also want to mention, in Epinions, there was someone who wrote that their GE microwave wouldn't heat up, and it turned out to be the magnetron.) Elaine
Posted on Sep 15, 2006
Sounds like you could have a fauly control circuit. Something like when you press the pad the processor does not interpret the information correctly and resets itself. Or the power going to this circuit is being interupted. It is VERY dangerous to work inside of a microwave. So you could get an estimate from a repair shop. But those control boards are expensive. Do not attempt to repair this yourself. For your own safety.
Posted on Aug 07, 2006
SOURCE: timer will run, but won't cook
Quite often this is due to a bad door switch. Opening the door while cooking (without first hitting the STOP pad) is the primary cause of door switch failure. If you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info (as well as a text file which helps in diagnosing and repairing door switch problems) at our site, which is linked at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk
Posted on Sep 23, 2007
is usually caused by either a bad door switch or a loose door switch
mount, which are pretty simple problems to fix.
Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside.
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.
One test that sometimes helps is to gently lift up (and/or push down) on the door or handle as you try to start it. If it works or tries to work, then it's a door switch mount or door alignment issue.
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:.
You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.
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 & testing.
If you don't find yours, or if you want to look at it without disassembling the oven, you can download it here.
If yours is not shown at the parts site or manual site linked above, Please reply back with your brand and model number so we can help you.
If you only need a switch, you can order a universal type here for $5 postpaid.
If you think the problem is on the control panel, we repair these nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid in most cases in about a week or so.
We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.
Posted on Dec 25, 2008
Tips for a great answer:
the "Stop" button on the microwave to
reset the digital display to the clock setting.
2) Push the
"Clock" button once. Locate the "Hour" button and
press it once for each hour of time. For example, if the current time
is 5:15 p.m., press the Hour button five times.
the "Minute" button to set the second half of the time. For
the example above, you would press the Minute button 15 times to set
a time of 5:15 p.m.
4)Push the Clock button to save the time setting. Check the time on the microwave's digital display.
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