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JVM1190 wont cook

I have a GE JVM1190 that will not cook. The clock and all control panel functions seam to work normal. I can make the range fan and lights work, set timers, etc. When I try and cook with the unit the interior light comes on and the timer counts down but no microwave action (fan or unit hum) same with convection bake. Thought it might be a door switch but I would think the clock would not count down or light come on like it is operating, any suggestions?

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  • werlingfamil Nov 09, 2008

    I messed with this today after looking up some suggestions and found the door safety switch was bad. There are two stes of switches on the door latches. The top has a close switch and the bottom has a close switch and light switch. I jumped the switches and was able to make the micro wave work which told me the problem was in the door switches. I alternated jumping one switch and leaving one connected and found that the top door switch was not working. I removed the top door switch housing and removed the switch. i appeared as the switch and trigger were working properly. I opened up the switch and blew out any dust that may have been interrupting the contacts. I reassembled the switch in to the door switch housing and all worked fine. Not sure if it was in the switch it's self or the housing may have not been aligned properly. Alls well that ends well.

  • ajbn Mar 18, 2012

    Had the same problem Mar.2012 & your fix worked like a charm - THANK YOU!

  • Bill Sempel
    Bill Sempel Feb 23, 2013

    Thank you for posting this. I was able to troubleshoot my unit and test resistance of each switch. Found the top switch was not activating.

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You have a blown actuator. This is the device that creates the microwaves that cook the food. The cost of one of these will be as much as a new unit.

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  • Scott Jelt
    Scott Jelt Dec 03, 2008

    Sounds like you need to be the one answering questions on this site not asking them.

  • jim harrington Jul 08, 2013

    thank you

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