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Buzz, plastic smell and no heat

My above-range with vent GE microwave (7 years old)stopped working today. The lights come on, the turntable turns, but nothing heats up. After about 2 seconds of normal microwave sounds, a second, buzzing sound begins. After running for a few more seconds, I start getting a strong plastic smell. I have read about checking the waveguard, but I don't see anything inside my microwave that is removable for cleaning. Are there screws or something?

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  • Melissa Wunderly Apr 16, 2007

    Quick and thorough solution. Thanks!

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    when microwave is on no heat and smell bad like plastic burning

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    I put some food in my Maytag microwave oven on a microwave safe plate, set the timer for 10 seconds, started the machine, and immediately there was a cracking noise with sparks and the smell of plastic coming from the louvered panel just above the control panel. tried starting the unit again. It runs and is noisy but does not heat. It is a model no.mmv1153aaw ser. no. 51240173. Thank you.

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Chances are you have a magnetron that's failing. GE had a rash of "underperforming" magnetrons on these units. They replace the magnetron, stirrer and high-voltage diode at no charge for parts as long as a GE-authorized service center does the work. Sometimes the unit gets run too long in a failing state and the waveguide and chassis of the oven get damaged. The bulletin shows you where tyo check. To see if yours is covered, see this bulletin: http://www.microwavedisplay.com/ge_mw_mag_kit_bulletin.pdf Otherwise, you need to contact GE Customer Relations at 1-800-386-1215 as soon as possible and tell them your problem and they will put you in touch with a local authorized servicer.

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My microwave has the same problem described in the post. I checked the linked bulletin and found my microwave is listed. I called the 800 number listed in this post and the person said there is no such bulletin. Is there another number I can call or is there an official bulletin I can get a copy of?

Posted on May 25, 2007

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