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GE JVM1650 Microwave Suddenly Stops

Hi Brian: You gave some advice back in December about this issue. I ordered and received the mag tube. However, is this something that you recommend an "average Joe/Jane" replace themselves? Or, should I call a cert. technician as GE suggests? Thank you, Tami

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  • katehead Jan 29, 2009

    I may have the same problem.

    My oven is the same GE Microwave model. The power cuts out after 3-5 seconds occasionally (sometimes it works fine). After it cuts out, all the lights will display for a second and then it will ask me to reset the clock and the date. I can then try to heat the food again and it may have the same problem or run just fine.

    I saw another post that thought it might be a faulty element. Hopefully you can narrow it down or give a more specific answer.

    Thanks,
    katehead@yahoo.com


  • Joel LeBoeuf Apr 29, 2009

    With my microwave it started making a noise like the fan was rubbing on something, all of a sudden it stopped. Then it started where it would

    run for a while then go completely dead no display at all then it would ask you to set the clock and date. It works fine for awhile hen same problem all over again.

    Thanks,

    jleboeuf1962@yahoo.com

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Tami,
It isn't really difficult to replace... It's the 4000 Volts that go to it and the stored energy (voltage) in the high voltage capacitor that concerns me as far as telling you that it is a do it yourself repair. Also, and this a huge concern, is that after the magnetron tube is replaced, the microwave should be leak checked. A microwave leak detector that is certified is around $400. Now that I said that, I have rarely ever had one that leaked, but it is the law and that's the main reason that it needs to be done. I highly recommend calling GE Factory Service 1-800-432-2737 (1-800-GE Cares) to install the magnetron tube.
Brian

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