Question about GE JE1640 Microwave Oven
> a suitable replacement for the original
PGH brings up a good point; I have bought 'exact' replacements that must have been rejects from production since they were mechanically correct but inferior to the original in power, making a lame microwave out of one originally good one.
Unless the unit has a lot of service time, the more likely failure is the diode rectifier that handles the high current & voltage the maggie needs. That's an easier fix and you don't have a crappy microwave afterward.
Posted on Dec 19, 2008
It's not difficult to replace the magnetron. Only 2 to 4 screws hold it to its bracket (depending on model) and there are only two wires connected to it. The biggest problem sometimes is removing the cover. Many models use security screws to keep people from opening them. Also there are hazardous voltages that may be present even a good while after the unit's been off. But if you can open the oven, make good notes (or take a camera phone picture) about what went where if you have to take off any parts, and exercise some care, you can change the tube yourself.
Are you sure the part you're getting for free is good, and is a suitable replacement for the original?
Posted on Dec 19, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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