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Burning smell and loud grinding noise

Tried to heat up a cup of water and after 15 seconds heard a loud grinding noise and a burning smell. Water was hot, but I turned oven off because I was afraid of a fire from the smell.

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If that grinding noise sounds a little like gargling into a coffee cup, that's a defective magnetron.

You can download GE owner's manuals and installation instructions here.

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number from the tag on the oven here.

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Posted on Jan 10, 2013

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SOURCE: GE profile spacemaker micro XL1800

It sounds like your magnetron has failed.

I would put a cup or so of water in it and heat it for about 3 minutes.

Then check inside and see if you smell any electrical burning or other smell.

You should have a 5-year warranty on the magnetron.

GE Customer Service is at http://www.geappliances.com/service_and_support/contact/

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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SOURCE: Microwave making loud grinding sound

Sounds like a bad magnetron. One test is to set it to run for 30 seconds on the lowest power level. As the microwave power turns off and on, the growling should cycle too. If you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety *& disassembly info at our site, which is linked at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your model number here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383 Otherwise, you can contact GE Customer Relations at 1-800-386-1215 and tell them your problem and they will put you in touch with a local authorized servicer.

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SOURCE: Microwave oven does not heat anything

Spacemaker XL 1400 worked for 7 years.Yesterday, no more heat. Also plastic door damaged.
will try Panasonic or something commercial

Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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SOURCE: GE Spacemaker XL1800(JVM1850CF001) - Loud Humming noise

You either have a bad magnetron tube (5 or 10 year parts warranty item through GE Factory Service 1-800-432-2737 or www.geappliances.com) or a shorted high voltage rectifier. I think the light being out is a secondary problem.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008

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SOURCE: GE spacemaker Microwave-Model # JVM1441WD003 no heat -clock ok

This is usually caused by either a bad door switch or a loose door switch mount, which are pretty simple problems to fix.

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.

If the mount is broken, 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.

One test that sometimes helps is to gently lift up (and/or push down) on the door or handle as you try to start it. If it works or tries to work, then it's a door switch mount or door alignment issue.

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.

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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.

If you think the problem is on the control panel, we repair these nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid in most cases in about a week or so.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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