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MODEL JVM1630WH003-WILL NOT HEAT-LOW BUZZ AND SMELL-CLOCK WORKS

I HAVE A SPACESAVER GE MICROWAVE BUILT IN OVER THE STOVE-IT QUIT HEATING-LGT AND FAN STILL WORKS-WILL NOT HEAT AT ALL-HAS LOW BUZZ AND SMELL-MODEL# IS JVM1630WH003

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  • rrainey_007 Feb 02, 2009

    same oven same problem must be a defect or they only last about 8 years

  • Ezra W May 11, 2010

    Does it smell like burnt metal? could be the transformer. Or the Magnetron.

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    So the fan and turntable Do come on when you try to microwave?

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Assuming your inside light and turntable come on when you try to microwave, with the symptoms you have, I would most strongly suspect a shorted high voltage rectifier diode or a bad magnetron, or a loose and possibly corroded connection on the magnetron's terminal.

If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical safety information and disassembly information at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa.

There should be a "mini-manual" (tech sheet) hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting, testing, and locating components.

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.

Here are some links you or someone you know can use for test help, but read their safety warnings first:

http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/diode.html
(if it's not shorted or burned, it's probably okay)


http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/mag_test.html

http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/xformer.html

If it's within the magnetron portion of the warranty (usually 5-9 years) but out of the original full warranty (usually 1 year), then your manufacturer will cover the part cost, but not the cost to visit you or the labor charge to do the work.

Some manufacturers will send you the magnetron to do it yourself. If nothing else, you can save about $75 by taking it to the shop yourself.

Accessing some components for testing and possible replacement will require you to remove the oven from the wall.

If so, the installation instructions are very handy, and it's best to have two people since the microwave can be heavy and awkward.

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

GE Customer Service is here if you want to check no the warranty or find a local servicer.

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

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