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Black, Builtin, trim kit, metal box behind trim kit around oven for ventiliation

Hi, everything seems to work, but, oven makes a deeper sounding hum now when turned on and it does not heat. Is this worth fixing or do I spend bigger bucks to replace with another model with a trim kit to fit the same hole?

Thanks, Dennis

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  • jargenziano Dec 10, 2008

    I have a different model and vendor microwave (Whirlpool) with the exact same problem. have you diagnosed your issue yet? Was it the diode or the magnetron?

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I would suspect a shorted high voltage rectifier diode or defective magnetron, in that order.

The diode is a pretty easy fix, and the magnetron is more involved, but not too bad for a DIYer.

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

Thereshould also be a "mini-manual" (tech sheet) hidden inside the unit behind thecontrol panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which isvery helpful when troubleshooting, testing, and locating components.

Here are some links you or someone you know can use (in order given) for test help, but read the safety warnings first:

http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/diode.html (if it is NOT shorted, it's probably fine)
http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/mag_test.html (continuity can be good even though it is bad!)

If you have to replace the magnetron, you'll need to take the oven down from the wall.

You can download GE owner's manuals and installation instructions here.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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