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Microwave will not heat food at all

The light comes on inside and the center tray rotates but it does not cook the food. Is there a fuse that needs to be replaced? Please help

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Re: Microwave will not heat food at all

With what information you've given me... I would say it was one or more of the following 3 parts. your high voltage diode, capacitor or the magnatron. Unless you are familiar with working around high voltage, I would not try to fix this one yourself.

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Without any known event, the microwave clocked no longer keeps time and the microwave does not heat up food. The timer works and the tray rotates, but no heating.

You have 2 systems inside your microwave, one is working, one is not.
The working one has the electric motor to drive the turntable and the timer.
The other system includes the "magnetron", which is the heavy unit that makes the microwaves to cook the food.
A repairman can check the magnetron to see if it has failed, and there are a few units that have a replaceable fuse that could be blown.
You will not want to try to fix it yourself, without a good knowledge of such things, as there is often a capacitor inside, which can shock you really bad if you touch it in error.
God bless your efforts.

May 03, 2016 | Samsung SMH9151 Microwave Oven

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My ge micro will not stop turning


If by not turning mean turntable fault,the solution is given below in detail.

1 Press "Stop" to halt microwave operation.

2 Press the "Turntable" button once to turn off rotation.

3 Push the door-release button to open the microwave oven if you do not have a "Turntable" button on your control keypad.

4 Lift and remove the glass platter from the oven, then pick up the plastic track with three wheels below the platter. Set aside these parts.

5 Insert the elevated microwave cooking tray into the oven. The tray has three to four short legs that hold it above the bottom of the microwave, keeping it from interfering with the rotating bolt in the bottom center of the oven the drives the turntable. You can now place food on the elevated tray and cook normally without disrupting the drive bolt.


Sep 20, 2011 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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All the controls work and seems to be working with tray rotating but makes noise and does not cook

Having noise means some obstruction near the rotating tray or its motor need some lubricant. Has for no cook but control seems working, the magnetron and its fuses is the culprit because it doesn't anymore produce heat to cook food.
I hope that advice help you.

Mar 31, 2011 | KitchenAid KEMC377K Convection / Microwave...

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My microwave is completely dead. I have checked the fuse in the plug and it is fine. Any suggestions?


What you are to do to solve the problem is to do a general troubleshooting on your oven below are instruction to follow.

The Microwave is a counter top model with a variety of preset cooking options, including timed cooking at a variety of power levels and sensor-cooking settings for popcorn, rice, beverages and single-serving reheating.

The sensor cooking and reheating features detect increasing humidity levels inside the microwave and automatically adjust cooking time for various types and amounts of food. This microwave also includes a turntable and an electronic control panel.

Instructions below are step by step solution for your oven

  1. Check to see if the microwave will start. If it will not start and the display panel is blank, you may have a power problem. Unplug the microwave and then plug it back in, making sure that all three prongs of the power cord are fully inserted into the wall outlet. If this doesn't work, check your home's fuse box. Reset the circuit breaker to restore if necessary.
  2. Ensure that the microwave door is fully closed. Press the Clear/Off button to cancel any previous cooking instructions. Re-enter your cooking program, including cooking time and food weight if necessary, and press Start.
  3. If "Err" appears on the microwave display, press the Clear/Off button and reenter your cooking program. The "Err" message will appear during the sensor-controlled programs (Popcorn, Rice, Beverage or Reheat) if the door is opened before steam is detected or if no steam was detected within the maximum amount of time allowed by the microwave. Be sure to leave the door closed during these programs, at least until time is shown counting down on the display panel.
  4. If your control panel will not work or if an "L" is displayed on the screen, press and hold the Clear/Off button for a full three seconds to unlock the control panel.
  5. If your sensor reheat program is resulting in under- or overcooked food, first try decreasing the amount of food in the microwave; the sensor programs are designed for single servings of food. The sensor reheat function works by measuring humidity inside the microwave--do not use a tightly-covered dish with this setting because no moisture will be able to escape and the food will overcook. Be sure that cooking containers are dry; moist containers will increase the humidity in the microwave and mislead the sensor, resulting in undercooked food.
  6. If your turntable is not rotating, first check to ensure that your food container is positioned so that it can freely rotate without hitting the microwave's interior walls; using a smaller food container can fix this problem. If the turntable still will not rotate, lift the turntable from its support and replace it carefully, ensuring that it rests evenly on its support.
Good luck.

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Nov 23, 2010 | Neff H5470N0GB Microwave Oven

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Will not heat

Is this a microwave you are talking about? If the clock and timer works, the light comes on and the tray revolves, but it doesn't cook food or heat stuff up, it is most likely the magnetron. Probably best to just buy another, as the cost of repairs not worth it.

Aug 22, 2009 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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Microwave works perfectly but does not heat

Sadly your microwave has done it's last cooking. The mechanism you need to make it cook again would cost you more than a replacement microwave.

Jul 15, 2009 | GE Countertop Microwave Oven

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RCA Microwave and grilling oven Problem

If nothing works but light comes on, it is often because of a bad control board. The board must be tested before replacement.

Apr 27, 2009 | Microwave Ovens

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Lights up BUT does not cook

was there any motor that should run as you turn it on, the fan inside and the rotating table motor. try to replace that micro switch at the door that bubbled out and burnt. try to test or replaced right away the industrial diode that is connected from the capacitor to the ground of the microwave.

Feb 17, 2008 | Panasonic NN-S763BF Microwave Oven

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Microwave Turntable

Microwave popcorn gets VERY hot while cooking. Even though the turntable is made of temepred glass, intense heat applied in the same spot over and over can weaken the molecular structure of the glass. After so many expansions and contractions, it will crack because fatigue will cause some molecules to expand less than others, creating stress. This is yet another reason I recommend to my customers that they place the food off-center on the tray - not in the center. The oven also heats better when the food is off-center because the food is more thoroughly exposed to the microwave energy. Until you get a new tray, the photo below can help you.

Nov 15, 2006 | Jenn-Air JMV8208AAS Microwave Oven

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Microwave does not heat food placed in the center of the turntable. Leaves a cold spot in the middle of the food.

This is normal. That's why I always recommend to my customers that the food be placed slightly off-center on the turntable. An analogy I refer to is stirring paint: If you stir paint with a stick by simply rotating the stick in the center of the can, it's far less effective than pulling the stick around an imaginary circle halfway bewteen the center and the edge.

Jun 09, 2006 | Whirlpool MH6150XMS Microwave Oven

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