Question about GE Microwave Ovens
The Vent Button pushed in and will not work. I removed the front panels to gain access to the button to find the two plastic "arms" that holds the button in place are broken. The Boost and Light buttons also have one of the two arms broken also.
They may be available as a unit--two or more and will either be melted into place or secured with screws etc.
May not be a easy part to find or see if it is even sold as a part.
Posted on Dec 13, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I had the same problem. The front plate is tabbed into place and removes with a flat tip screwdriver and prying in various spots to pop out the tabs. Once the front stainless plate comes off, you need to get behind the black buttons. There is a circuit board behind the buttons, which they make contact with. The problem with mine was the circuit board pushed beyond two metal tabs that keep it in place, so that the buttons were unable to make contact. I used a curved tool to pull the circuit board back forward in front of the tabs and into place. I put the front plate back on and it works like a champ.
Posted on Oct 29, 2010
From looking at the owner's manual, it looks like the vent fan is only supposed to come on when the internal temperature of the microwave gets too high OR when you press the VENT FAN pad. Here are a couple of fan-related excerpts from the owner's manual, which can be found here: http://products.geappliances.com/ProdContent/Dispatcher?REQUEST=SKUOBJECTS&DOCUMENT=Use%20and%20Care%20Manual&SKU=JVM1840BD (or the better URL here: http://tinyurl.com/yn7r6g) Automatic Fan An automatic fan feature protects the microwave from too much heat rising from the cooktop below it. It automatically turns on if it senses too much heat. If you have turned the fan on, you may find that you cannot turn it off. The fan will automatically turn off when the internal parts are cool. It may stay on for 30 minutes or more after the cooktop and microwave controls are turned off. - Vent Fan The vent fan removes steam and other vapors from surface cooking. Press VENT FAN once for high fan speed, twice for medium fan speed, a third time for low faw speed, or a fourth time to turn the fan off. Press the VENT FAN BOOST pad for extra fan speed. - Hope this helps.
Posted on Nov 01, 2006
SOURCE: Vent fan noise
I'd say the bearings are getting dry. I'd hit it with a a drop of 3-in-1 oil or sewing machine oil. If you don't have the owner's manual, you can download one here: http://www.geappliances.com/service_and_support/literature/ It's also possible that the keeper which holds the fan blade assembly may be broken or loose. That could cause the fan to slip and rub. Either way it will have to be disassembled to a degree, probably starting with removal of the grille. Exploded views of this model may be helpful. They can be found at this site: http://www.geappliances.com/shop/prts/ Under 1 select "Repair Part", under 2 select "Microwave" and click "Go". A window will pop up and you'll enter your (complete) model number. Good luck.
Posted on Nov 07, 2006
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