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Ge microwave model JVM1190WY buttons work but does not cook

The microwave is about 5 yrs old, all buttons work fine, when pressing cook or any of the express buttons to cook, timer starts going down, we hear a clicking noise inside, but it does not cook. Any help out there please? thanks

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  • marcos311 Feb 11, 2009

    like a zapping noise like arcing inside the microwave where you place the food
    to be heated

  • marcos311 Feb 11, 2009

    Hi, just wondering, is it worth to repair it , or its just on your opinion better to buy a new microwave? from your answer I gather that this is the "heart" of the microwave.

  • roberto serbin May 11, 2010

    Is clicking noise like a tapping noise or is it like a zapping noise like arcing inside the microwave where you place the food to be heated?

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The problem you are having with your microwave is a common one. Not heating is a problem that can be caused by three things. I'll list the most common solution first, the magnetron that actually does the heating is what is making that noise and has gone bad. It is possible for you to also have a bad high voltage diode that has opened up, solution two, or solution three is the high voltage capacitor is not working properly as well. From my experience with microwaves I am positive that it is your magnetron that is bad. If you are not do it yourselfer you'll need to take it to a repair shop to replace. However, if you know how to use a screwdriver and can unplug a couple of wires with spade terminals on them, then you can take it off yourself, find another one and replace it the same way you took it off. The magnetron sits behind the control panel of your microwave but on top. It has cooling fins on it and has 2 terminals maybe three depending and make and model that plug into it. It has 4 screws that are easy to get to that actually holds it in place. If you do not have a good local source like an electronic parts supply place then you can find the right magnetron at www.mwoparts.com. Be sure you always unplug the microwave before touching or trying to take the he cover off and then when you take the magnetron off also.Good luck and God bless.

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  • roberto serbin Feb 11, 2009

    The magnetron depending on its size and wattage will cost you from $40 to $65 not counting your time or someone else's time to repair. I would buy another one. The only other alternative is to find a used microwave like yours that has a different problem and take the magnetron from it and put it in yours. That is what I would do if I were on a tight budget and had the time to look. In that way the magnetron may cost you $10 or nothing if you get it at a local tv repair shop. Good luck and God bless you. Thanks for letting me help.

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