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Microwave shuts off after about 2 or 3 minutes

This started happening at the same time that it was running much quieter than originally, as though the fan is not working properly.

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  • jerchar44 Nov 23, 2008

    Our G.E. Spacemaker microwave oven is only 2 years old. It started sounding different when it was running. It was quieter than it used to be. Now it shuts itself off after just a few seconds of running. What should we do?

  • tprodrig Nov 24, 2008

    Our spacesaver microwave will run for a few seconds after you hit start and then shut down.

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Your are correct.

If the internal cooling fan is not working, the magnetron will overheat, causing the thermostat to trip, interrupting all power to the oven until it cools back down.

If the fan is not fixed, the magnetron will be destroyed.

If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical safety information and disassembly information at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa.

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

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

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

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