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Ge spacemaker II microwave. sensor error lite comes on

Microwave runs for 2-3 seconds, then stops. manufactured in 2002

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  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    On GE models, "SENSOR ERROR" appears on the display when:


    • Using
      the sensor feature, the door was opened before steam could be detected.
      Do not open the door until stream is sensed and time is shown counting
      down on the display.


    • Steam was not detected in the maximum amount of time. Use
      Time Cook to heat for more time.
    The
    first thing I would suggest is a hard reset. Unplug the unit for a
    minute or so. Then plug it back in, set the clock and try again.




    If that doesn't work,
    leave it unplugged for maybe an hour. Then let us know if the hard
    reset does not fix it.

    It may have a bad sensor.

    How old is it and what is the model number?



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Sounds to me like you have a bad magnetron tube. Call GE Factory Service as there is either a 5 or 10 year parts warranty. Or schedule a service call online at www.geappliances.com

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

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