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My GE SpacemakerXL 1000 Watt JVM1650 Microwave Oven will start, then about 4 seconds later will sometimes stop working. The display will at first show every possible light. One second later it will ask to reset the clock and the date. I can then try to heat the food again. It may work fine or it may cut out again after 3-5 seconds. I've seen two possible solutions mentioned: one thought it might be an element, one thought it might me the magnetron tube. Hopefully, you can narrow it down or provide more certainty.

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  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    My GE JVM1651BB005 runs for one second, turns off and prompts to reset the clock. I have been researching this for a couple hours and came across a solution suggesting a magtube? Do you agree? If so, where do I find one, are they expensive, and can I replace it myself? Many thanks!

  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2009

    Have had same problem--stops and message to reset clock/date--for 6 mths. Now it's completely dead.

  • stargirlga Feb 15, 2009

    Same problem as the others. Sometimes I can get it to work by pressing on the face plate and holding it down when it's on. (At least, it seems to help sometimes) But that gets old after 1 minute. If it's a circuit board as someone mentioned, is that easy to fix, or should I just get a new one? This is only 3.5 years old. Thanks!

  • arizonahills Feb 16, 2009

    Same as others, 3 seconds into cycle all possible lights come on display, and then clock reset request. Magnatrons are warrantied for 10 years and are free if you call GE. HOWEVER, this is more likely a case of a cracked solder on the PCB contol panel. I will probably take apart and inspect the board, as start up vibration is probably the cause

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    William Montgomery May 20, 2009

    We have the same problem of this JVM1650WH02 GE Spacesaver Microwave shutting down after a few seconds, mostly in the popcorn sensor cooking mode, with the display changing to jiberish then asking for a clock / control panel reset. I have seen and have been told of a solution of replacing the humidity sensor (F4 Code on display). I have also seen on the internet from various sources: solutions ranging from replacing the magnetron unit to placing something internally between the circuit board and the computer panel so as to eliminate microwaves which leak internally and effect the control panel, thereby shutting it down into a problem or short default (jiberish display). The "something" placed between the circuit board and the computer control panel (which is behind the keypad) is simply a piece of aluminum foil sealed inside a large ziploc bag which is taped in place to cover the circuit board, between it and the computer control panel in front of the circuit board. Makes sense - the foil stops the errant microwaves, the plastic bag avoids contact of the foil with the electronics. This is a frustrating problem as this GE unit is only 3 years old and we have been told it could cost $200 to $300 to service the problem. It has been suggested to us (by a service facility which also sells units like this) to change / replace the entire microwave. This is NOT a throwaway or disposable item. It should be good for 10 years or more, for what we paid for it.
    In this economy we all look for inexpensive but good fixes. There have been several suggested fixes in this forum and other forums - which one has worked?? GE's solution is a new humidity sensor due to an occazsional F4 Code. Anyone do that yet? Anyone do any of the other suggestions yet? WJM



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Sounds more to me like a control bd issue or power flucation magnatron or element wont affect the display

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I, too, was just visited by the GE repairman that said my two year old microwave needs a new Magnitron Tube. Although it was under warranty, it would cost me $184 to have it repaired. That is, $69.95 for the service call and the rest for opening up the side panel and slipping the tube in -- all in all, about 15 minutes of labor. I am going to buy a new microwave, not a GE.

GE should be ashamed for selling such poorly made products and setting such ridiculous fees for each repair.

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I had the same problem and Ge svc rep said it was the magnetron. Teh magnetron is under warranty. However labor is not. We just bought a new one ( not a ge) for 140. .

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