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Microwave stops running after 3-5 seconds

I have a GE spacemaker microwave that was made in 2005. Model number is JVM1650WH01. When I start the microwave it wil run for 3-5 seconds and then stop. The numbers become unreadable and it then requires me to reset the date and time.

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  • thepetersons Nov 16, 2008

    I have the same problem and is about the same age. Our turntable also stopped working about 6 months ago so I bought a new 50-cent chincy motor for $75 from GE and still need to install.

    I won't buy GE again! Anyway, let me know if you figure this out.


  • geovenprob Nov 26, 2008

    I also have GE microwave model JVM1650BH01 installed in 2005. It stops after 3 to 5 seconds very often. It is intermittant but has steadily gone bad over the last 2 months.

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    I have the same problem!!!!!!

    It starts for a few seconds then quits.

    It was manufactured in December 2004 and the model number is JVM1653SH01. Is it worth having repaired or do I just change brands forever more....

  • buster002 Nov 26, 2008

    I have the same problem with a GE Spacemaker JVM1653SH01 manufactured in December 2004. Is it worth having repaired?

  • kariholley Nov 27, 2008

    I have the same problem, please help!

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    I have the same problem on model number JVM1653WH01 with the date of Jan 2005.

  • plbuffwhite Feb 06, 2009

    same problem w/ model JVM2070. On for a second or two then request clock set?!

  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2009

    I have the same issue... Does anyone know how to fix it?

  • talkinpix Mar 12, 2009

    When I hear the magnetron engage, the unit shuts off, and I am prompted to reset the clock.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    Yah, I have the same problem. I don't see how posting this will help, though.

    Thanks "FixYa"

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    same as obove

  • Anonymous May 05, 2009

    Same problem, quite annoying... wife is quite irritated.

  • dniven May 06, 2009

    Save exact problem. Never does it when repair guy is here. He replaced the computer card and now the display is much brighter when it dies after 3 to 5 seconds. He can't recreate it, but it happens once or twice a day. Reprogramming date and time often leads to the same problem immediately, sometimes not until the next day or two.



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