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GE Microwave strats, runs, but not heating and have bad odor

I have a JE1540WW01 build in Microwave from GE and it suddenly lost its heating function and giving out a bad odor. Can anyone help me narrow down to which part is bad.  I have check the fuse on the wall it is fine, the power transformer is fine.  But I am not sure if it is the Magnetron or the heat sensor on the magnetron?  Why is there a bad "electric odor"?  On the manual, it said that it must ensure the RF gasket is install properly, properly sounds too vague, do you guys know how to properly install the magnetron if I have to replace one?  Thanks.

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  • szuchung Jan 19, 2009

    Oh, it also louder than normal, but everything else work, turn table, display, everything works.  Please help soon.  Thanks.

  • szuchung Jan 19, 2009

    is there any risk for anyone to replace the Magnetron?  Will people mess up the gold mesh seal?  If I don't have the microwave meter to do the microwave leak test, should I be doing this Magnetron replacement?  

  • szuchung Jan 19, 2009

    do anyone know what that funky smell when I turn on the microwave is from?  With a faulty thermal sensor cause that?  Or it is cause by a bad Magnetron?  I want to narrow down to what component I need to replace by the cruel that it is giving me.  
    Does anyone have a recommendation of swapping out the whole unit in favor of other brand of Microwave?  Last year, the door switch failed and it cost me 85 to fix that already, and I realize that the the Magnetron cost around 120 dollars alone.  I saw some microwave that is standalone (not build in ones) are real cheap and easier to fix if fail.  What are your thoughts?


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There should be 4 screws holding it in.. and one plastic connector with 2 wires in it that are plugged onto the mag..
the seal would be the gold colored mesh around the antenna of the mag. when you take the microwave down you would take the cover off and if looking at it from the back you would look towards the right side and there should be a thermostat there that may have started to burn up. if it is replace it and the wires.. the mag you just unscrew remove and install the new mag.

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  • Robert Artiaco Jan 19, 2009

    the "radiation" is actually an FM signal that heats the food. it is only present then the microweave is on and running.. so no there is no risk when changing the mag. when you look at that gold mesh seal if it is flat its fine if one side is sticking up then just push it down to level it out.. it seals up when you tighten the mag into place..

  • Robert Artiaco Jan 19, 2009

    the "radiation" is actually an FM signal that heats the food. it is only present then the microweave is on and running.. so no there is no risk when changing the mag. when you look at that gold mesh seal if it is flat its fine if one side is sticking up then just push it down to level it out.. it seals up when you tighten the mag into place..


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