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I placed yam to microwave - left room and came back to see yam on fire (black as coal) and now my microwave control panel does not work - the yam was on fire before I put it out. filled the house with smoke.

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My son did the same with a conker /horsechestnut micowave full of soot kitchen full of smoke microwave was no more / the soot got in to everything just had to replace it

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Over cooked noodles ,food caught fire, no visible external damage,some smoke black, but control panel dead completely.What can i do ?


Probably the main fuse has blown. If there is damage to the inside of the microwave I would seek professional service to ensure that seals are still working.

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F3 Message on microwave


Hello

GE microwaves with a digital display will show an error code when there is a problem or malfunction with the unit. One type of error code that will be displayed on a GE oven and require troubleshooting is a code F3. An F3 error code indicates that the keypad for the control panel is bad or has a short. This will cause the microwave to beep continuously after the set clock message appears.

Unplug the power cord for the microwave from the electrical outlet. Pull the microwave out from the wall and set it on a table or the counter.


Find and remove the two screws from the top of the grille, on the font of the unit, with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the grille off of the microwave.


Find and remove the screws that are used to secure the control panel to the microwave frame. Lift the control panel unit up and away from the microwave.


Find and remove the screw that is used to secure the green ground wire. Pull out all of the connectors and ribbon cables from the control board.


Apply heat from a hair dryer to the front of the control board for at least 30 seconds. Make sure the hair dryer is at the low setting. Pull up on one corner of the top membrane, then peel it off of the control board.


Repeat Step 5 for the other membrane that is on the control board.


Insert the pliable circuit of the new membrane through the opening in the control board. Remove the wax backing to expose the adhesive for the membrane. Place the membrane onto the control board.


Peel the wax backing off of the top membrane, then place it on the control board.


Place the control board back on the microwave and secure it with the screwdriver. Reattach the grille, and set the microwave back in place.


Plug the microwave back into the power outlet and reset the clock.

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I have chefmate microwave and suddenly stopped working. it is showing 2:50 code on the screen only...it was working fine and dont know what happened to it and touch pad is not working..how do i make it...


HELLO.

The code on the screen indicate electric panel fault resulting from the touchpad malfunction.

The touch pad on your microwave oven acts as the brain of the appliance. It not only contains the buttons that you use to enter cooking settings and times, but also controls the function of the entire microwave. If the touch pad malfunctions or breaks completely, the microwave will cease to function. In this instance, the broken touch pad must be removed and a new touch pad must be installed, to restore functionality to the microwave.

1 Unplug the microwave from the wall outlet.
2 Remove the two screws, located on the front or top of the grill at the top of the microwave.
3 Pull the grill off of the microwave.
4 Remove the mounting screw from the top of the control panel.
5 Lift the control panel up and out to loosen. Look behind the control panel to ensure there are no metal tabs securing the control panel in place. If there are metal tabs, gently rotate the control panel to free the tabs.
6 Transfer the wires from the old control panel to the new control panel one at a time to ensure that the wires are properly installed.
7 Install the new control panel into the microwave and secure using the mounting screw that was removed.
8 Replace the grill from the top of the microwave and secure it using the screws that were removed.
9 Plug the microwave back into the wall outlet.
Thanks.

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Ge profile microwave f3 error and beep


F3 error code indicates that the keypad for the control panel is bad or has a short. This will cause the microwave to beep continuously after the set clock message appears.
1 Unplug the power cord for the microwave from the electrical outlet. Pull the microwave out from the wall and set it on a table or the counter.
2 Find and remove the two screws from the top of the grille, on the font of the unit, with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the grille off of the microwave.
3 Find and remove the screws that are used to secure the control panel to the microwave frame. Lift the control panel unit up and away from the microwave.
4 Find and remove the screw that is used to secure the green ground wire. Pull out all of the connectors and ribbon cables from the control board.
5 Apply heat from a hair dryer to the front of the control board for at least 30 seconds. Make sure the hair dryer is at the low setting. Pull up on one corner of the top membrane, then peel it off of the control board.
6 Repeat Step 5 for the other membrane that is on the control board.
7 Insert the pliable circuit of the new membrane through the opening in the control board. Remove the wax backing to expose the adhesive for the membrane. Place the membrane onto the control board.
8 Peel the wax backing off of the top membrane, then place it on the control board.
9 Place the control board back on the microwave and secure it with the screwdriver. Reattach the grille, and set the microwave back in place.
10 Plug the microwave back into the power outlet and reset the clock.

Hope this helps.

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My smh8165 microwave stopped working and the display says "SE" and is less then a year old


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The owner's manual warns of the dangers of overcooking potatoes and similar foods and not to ever leave the oven unattended while it's running.

If for some reason you don't have your owner's manual, you can download Frigidaire owner's manuals and installation instructions here.

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Chances are it's just an opened flame sensor (cavity thermostat / thermal cutout / T.C.O.). Its job is to cut power if there's a fire.

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number from the tag on the oven here.

Accessing some components for testing and possible replacement (like the oven cavity thermostat) will require you 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.

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

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I assume that model is JVM1653WH05?

The fire probably opened the internal flame senor, also known as the oven cavity thermal cutout (TCO) located on top of the cavity.

The TCO part number is WB27X10195 and it's available here.

There should be a "mini-manual" (tech sheet) hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting, testing, and locating components.

At our Web site, we have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams here.

Accessing the cavity TCO will require you 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.

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

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Yam caught fire in microwave


If you have given the microwave enough time to cool off and it still does not work then I would suggest that you would need a new one, as the circuit board may be fried that connects the control panel.

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