Question about GE JES1456 Microwave Oven
This morning the microwave was making all sorts of beeps. They were long and loud like an alarm clock. My daughter and I not realizing it was the microwave were looking all over the house for the source of the noise. If the screen was flashing a message, we missed it. Anyhow, now it is completely dead. There is no screen, no light when you open the door...nothing. I have unplugged it and plugged it back in several times. What happened? Have four kids one of which is a baby so I need the microwave.
I would suspect you have a shorting
This can cause it to come on by itself, and running it empty will cause it to overheat, then the thermostat on the magnetron will cut power to the unit until the magnetron cools off again.
If it happens once, it's likely to happen again.
If and when an oven is coming on or doing anything by itself, this is very dangerous and can result in a fire.
So until it is repaired, please leave it unplugged or leave the door open when it's not in use, and please do not leave it running unattended.
While a microwave should never be left running 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) might want to replace it yourself, I have uploaded a handy guide with pictures showing you what's typically involved.
You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number 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 & testing.
If you would like to have us do this repair for you, we do that for $39.95 plus part costs, which would be dependent on the model number.
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.
Feel free to contact me directly (and please remind me of your model number) for more information & help.
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William E. "Ed" Miller, AS-EET
Posted on Jan 18, 2009
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