Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven
Lights & fan start. but the microwave will not start, turntable also will not turn. the control panel works fine.,
Sorry guys, I answered my last question and was able to pull off the key pad w/o removing the microwave from the mount. It looks as if all the switches (3) are being depressed while the door is closed, the light comes on, and timer counts down. Which one of these switches (if not a combination of them) would be bad if the fan unit and magnatron don't power up when the door is closed?
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
Your primary interlock (bottom door switch) is bad, or its mount is loose or broken.
Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside.
Door switch or mount trouble is usually caused by slamming the door or by opening the door while it's cooking without hitting the Stop pad first.
There are plastic mounts inside the microwave which hold the door switches and onto which the door latches lock when you close the door.
The screws on these mounts may be loose. If they get too loose, the switches will not be activated properly.
Sometimes it's a broken tab on the switch holder, allowing the switch to rotate just out of position. This tab can be hard to see, since it is under the bottom edge of the switch.
It's usually more economical and safer to add a dab or two of hot glue to the mount to secure the switch. Let it cool for about 30 minutes before using.
If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa:.
You can 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.
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.
If you only need a switch, you can order a universal type here for $5 postpaid.
We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.
Posted on Jan 18, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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