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Microwave will not heat

I have an JVM1630bb004 microwave it comes on normal but eill not heat any advise

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  • dansan Jan 13, 2009

    ge spacemaker model jvm1630 will not heat, everything seems to work but the microwaving/heat. Vent fan, lights,, timer etc. all appear ok just does not microwave. magnetron terminals are not open, and terminal is not shorted to its housing.. .

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    Thanks for the model number.

    When you hit Start to
    cook, do the cooling fan and turntable come on?




    Any unusual noises? Is
    it louder or quieter than usual?



    We have a sound clip of what a microwave should sound like when the cooling fan and high voltage section are operating here.


    These answers will help
    me judge whether it's in the high voltage
    section (magnetron, transformer, or diode) or the control section
    (door switch or control board relay or connection).




  • Natale Nov 01, 2012

    model JVM1630BB004 recently stopped heating. I only cook simple things and tried adding three minutes. The bottom of the microwave heated so I thought whatever it was got fixed. But there is a burning plastic smell and now a noise. I tried taking down the circular attachment on the roof and clean around the vents, let it dry and tried it again. There is a noise and for ten seconds tried to heat a cup of water. the noise and again the burning plastic smell is scaring me. What do you mean an energy leakage test must be performed by tech. Have some of us been exposed to dangerous waves because microwave does not heat when door is closed

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Test the high voltage capacitor, the rectifier diode.or the magnetron.

If it additionally does not spin and no light, then check also the door switch.

The diode and capacitors can br tested. The capacitor must be allowed discharge before testing, or you risk to get electrocuted, even if power is off. Capacitors can get discharged by shorting their two contacts.
Replace the magnetron if the checks and all of the high voltage component tests are good, but the unit still does not heat.

All locations, and description of this parts can be located using the diagram here: Counter top.

Parts must be tested to find out what is wrong.

Remember that microwaves are potentially dangerous devices if not repaired properly, the job must be done by a competent person.
A microwave energy leakage test must always be performed when the oven is serviced for any reason.

Regarding parts, contact the seller here to purchase parts. (here in UK).

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