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Microwave stopped working

5 yr old microwave..turntable used to make noise..so we've been using it for the past 3 years by turning off the turntable....suddenly it stopped working this weekend...lights, vent fan, keypad is working...turntable and heat not working....basically there is no sound when the machine is turned on..Does this mean we need to replace the machine?

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  • lostonisland Dec 11, 2008

    Seems to be working but not heating and smell like it's burning. Also the bulbs that light up the range below are blown. Need to know where to get those lights from also.

  • lostonisland May 11, 2010

    Hi, I have a GE SPACEMAKER ( MODEL# JVM1631BB044). The microwave seems to work but does not heat, when making an attempt to operate it has a burning smell to it. Also the under carriage lights used as a light to stove part. Has been blown. (when I tried to remove one light it blew the other).

    Haven't been able to find appropriate lights for model. I only have been to Walmart.

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To indutolia

The original problem was probably a bad turntable motor, which is pretty easy to replace.

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

Now I'd say you have a bad door switch (whether upper or lower depends on the model number) or a problem with the door switch mount.

This is a pretty simple problem to fix, too: http://www.microwavedisplay.com/doorsw.txt

At our Web site, we have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.

to lostonisland - Your problem is different enough that it should be a separate post. Please include your brand and model number when you repost.

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