Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

1 Answer

Shuts off after a couple of seconds once start

It works for a couple of seconds , then shut off, goes to reset clock.

Posted by on

  • 3 more comments 
  • suzieqres11 Jan 11, 2009

    the model # is " jvm2070sh001"

    it has never been worked on, it is only a few years old.

  • Penny190 Jan 12, 2009

    Hi, when you start the oven it just goes off and like she said you have to reset the clock etc. My oven is almost 4 years old and I live alone so there's not that much use. What's the problem? Help !! Thanks , Penny

  • dmatthews Jan 12, 2009

    My model is a JVM 1650, have the same problem, runs a few seconds and shuts off and then you have to reset clock and date.

  • salsera1 Jan 14, 2009

    I bought my GE spacemaker in 2005 and I love it. But now only 4yrs later this electical problem occurs not to the point where i can only set the clock use the light and ven. what do i do shall i go out and buy a new microwave and trash this one or is it repairable and worth the money to repair it?

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    What is your model number?

    Has it been worked on recently?

×

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • GE Master
  • 8,820 Answers

This is often due to a defective or loose magnetron causing electrical interference and disruption in the control circuit board.

If your magnetron was recently replaced, it may have loose mounting nuts or bolts or maybe the wire mesh RF gasket was not installed or got pinched.

NOISY MAGNETRON TEST

One way to test it is to do the following:

1. Unplug the microwave or turn off its breaker.
2. Open the door, then detach the control panel as shown in the video at http://www.microwavedisplay.com and swing it down, but without disconnecting the wires. If you have any trouble getting the grille off once the screws are removed, slide the hood vent grille to the left about 1/4", then then pull it forward. On Samsung models there are L-shaped clips that fit into a slot to hold bottom of the vent.
3. Plug the microwave back in.
4. Make sure neither you nor anyone else reaches in behind the control panel. There will exposed high-voltage connections.
5. Put a few cups worth of water in a microwave-safe container and place it inside the microwave.

6. Shut the door.
7. Run the microwave for about 1 minute or so on full power. (Time Cook > 1 > 0 > 0 > Start, e.g.)
8. If it does not fail, try it several more times.
9. When the water boils, change the water and try again.

NOTE: If your model does not have a door handle, you will need to unplug the oven and reattach the control panel to be able to open the door.

If it still does not fail, I would recommend that you put it all back together and keep using it until it fails more consistently, then repeat this test.

While a microwave should never be left unattended under any circumstances (as your owner's manual will tell you) it's even more important when one is exhibiting a failure or any odd behavior. So play it safe and stay with it while it's running!

If you or someone you know want to replace the magnetron yourself, you will need to remove the oven from the wall.

If so, the installation instructions are very handy, and it's best to have two people since the microwave can be heavy and awkward.

You can download GE owner's manuals and installation instructions here.

There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting.

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

If it's within the magnetron portion of the warranty (usually 5-9 years) but out of the original full warranty (usually 1 year), then your manufacturer will cover the part cost, but not the cost to visit you or the labor charge to do the work.

They may even send you a replacement magnetron if you tell them you plan to install it yourself. GE Customer Service is here.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I have a microwave model # R-308NW. When I press


if when it shuts off clock resets to first plugged in state, sounds as if control panel is being reset by something (failure of part, or power surge) if clock is still ok and maintains correct time , I'll bet if you notice the cooliing fan is not running correctly (by sound it makes) in those two seconds, this will over heat magnetron and shut off on thermal hi temp (safety) if so fan will need to be serviced by a professional

Sep 10, 2014 | Microwave Ovens

1 Answer

Ge spacemaker jvm1650sh01 starts to microwave then loses power


See this FixYa solution.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

May 27, 2010 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

2 Answers

Model JVM1650WH02 will shut off about 2 seconds or less into cook time. everything else works such as light and clock and sometimes the wave will cook.


magnetron is leaking internally, do not use until magnetron is replaced. the mag creates interference with the control board and resets it

Feb 05, 2010 | GE JVM1650 1000 Watts Microwave Oven

1 Answer

Microwave wont start but timer counts 3 secs and shuts off


Check the door latch mechanism the black nylon door catch may be broken.

Jun 19, 2009 | Panasonic NN-T993SF Microwave Oven

1 Answer

Shuts off after maximum of 8 seconds. does heat when on.


Sounds like the controller board has failed, assuming a circuit breaker has not tripped or fuse has not blown.
If all you do is reset the clock, and then it looses time, regardless of using the microwave, then it points to the clock/controller board.
If this only happens when you use the microwave portion for a few seconds, I would be suspicious of the microwave circuit, where there are several components that could cause the failure.

Jan 22, 2009 | Kenmore 80593 Microwave Oven

1 Answer

Microwave fuses down when I press start to heat


are you saying the unit go's dead if thats the case there is internal protection shutting it down and some troubleshooting would be required to figure out what is causing it.

Aug 25, 2008 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

1 Answer

Timer Shuts off after 5 seconds


The first thing to try is a "hard reset". Unplug it from the power line for a few minutes, plug it back in, set the clock, then try again.

Is it 5 seconds or 5 minutes? The difference coulsd be important, but either could indicate a bad magnetron.

Let us know if the hard reset doen't fix it.

Please write back with more details if you need further help.

We appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Nov 18, 2007 | GE JES1289SK Microwave Oven

3 Answers

The microwave starts, then stops 2 seconds later


I tried a solution posted on another posting http://www.fixya.com/support/t242480-stops_cooking by placing the conductive plastic behind the control panel and it worked.

Oct 03, 2007 | GE JVM1650 1000 Watts Microwave Oven

3 Answers

WHEN PRESSING COOK TIME OVEN CLICKS ON FOR ONE SECOND AND RESETS CLOCK


Please try on some other power point as if there is loose contact or sparking in point which cause to switch off as soon as you start because of heavy current drawn by oven and clock also resets. If not solved even then must have some short circuit or over loading in timer circuit or magnetron. in this case you have to call for a service engineer.

Jul 26, 2007 | GE JVM1860 Microwave Oven

Not finding what you are looking for?
GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven Logo

135 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top GE Microwave Ovens Experts

William Miller
William Miller

Level 3 Expert

8820 Answers

Devabhakthuni...
Devabhakthuni...

Level 2 Expert

224 Answers

D. E. Hev

Level 3 Expert

1059 Answers

Are you a GE Microwave Oven Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...