Question about Microwave Ovens
We have a GE SpacemakerXL JVM1533. Without warning, we noticed that the turntable stopped moving. In closer inspection we noticed that it wasn't cooking either. Turntable option is turned on...demo mode is turned off.
After trying to troubleshoot the problem we realized that pulling on the door just slightly while cooking power was turned on, the turntable started turning. Tested again, this time with a cup of water and indeed, if we pull on the handle just slightly, the turntable does turn and the microwave cooks. Sooo....
Everything looks level, and the door closes well, but something is just not clicking to make it work again. Any thoughts on how to fix this? I don't want to stand by the microwave, pulling on the handle slightly to make it work.
is usually caused by either a bad door switch or a loose door switch
mount, which are pretty simple problems to fix.
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 switch 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.
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.
While a microwave should never be left running unattended under any circumstances (as your owner's manual will tell you) it's even more important when one is exhibiting a failure or any odd behavior. So play it safe and stay with it while it's running!
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