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GE JVM1860WD001 microwave

The unit has a loud continuous buzzing type noise and the key pad will only accept partial commands. The display is partially messed up, crazy looking. It will try to operate and groan when start is pushed but not at all properly. GE JVM1860 WD 001
Please advise. George Whitmore

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CONTROL BOARD HAD FAILED your magntron is starting but the cooling fan for it is not , the control relays that control them enegerize at the same time . if not this is what happens . repair is very costly . ge has had probles with there microwaves for years , when you replace think about another brand . good luck

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