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How to remove stirrer cover. GE Spacemaker #HDM1853GL01.

Started arcing yesterday and I can't for the life of me figure out how to remove the stirrer cover located in the ceiling. Since it's plastic, I'm afraid I'm going to break it. There appears to be a button of sorts, but it will not depress. The owner's manual does not address how to remove the cover. Any suggestions?

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  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    The button-like part in the front edge of the stirrer cover is a plastic rivet.

    You can use the tip of a thin blade to lift it down (out) so that the stirrer cover can be removed.

    I'm surprised the manual does not cover it!

    What is your full model number?

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SOURCE: Removal of GE Spacemaker Microwave oven

1. Unplug the microwave. The plug is probably in a receptacle that is in the cabinet above the microwave, or in the wall above the shelf that is above the microwave.

2. Remove the two (or three) screws that go straight down through the bottom of the cabinet, or the shelf, into the top of the microwave. Have help in holding the microwave when you do this, as the front of the microwave will be able to fall down when the screws are removed.

3. Allow the front of the microwave to rotate down a little, then lift the back of the unit up about 1/2" to 1". At this point, the microwave will be disconnected from the mounting plate on the wall, so you can move it forward and carry it away.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007

SOURCE: Removal

There are 3 mounting screws that anchor the microwave to the cabinet above it and a bracket on the wall behind it. Once you remove the mounting screws from the top, pull the oven straight out from the front and it will slide off the wall bracket.

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SOURCE: GE Spacemaker appears to be sparking inside/top

1.Needs to remove that disk and clean the grease under it.
2. With sand paper clean dark burn spots.
3. Apply touch paint on open metal spots.
4.Put everything back.

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SOURCE: GE spacemaker microwave JVM1851WF001 stirrer motor replacement

Very good.

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SOURCE: microwave smells of electrical fire

The magnetron inside the microwave is starting to short out to ground. This happens after use there are small minute cracks on the body of the magnetron and those small cracks are big enough for 15,000 volts and up to 30,000 volts to leak through and arc to ground. It is not a small short but a big one. Replace the magnetron before it burns holes inside your microwave. Replacing the magnetron if you can find it locally or through the internet is pretty straightforward. Unplug the microwave and take the cover off about 6 screws. On the same side as the control panel and right behind it you will find the microwave on top. It is held in place with only three to four big screws. It will have about 4 wires with terminals on them that plug into a couple of places one being the large capacitor that stores all the voltage and discharges it through the magnetron. Take the terminals off and I always recommend with some needle nose pliers with insulated handles. There is nothing to unsolder and to solder. Its like replacing the battery in your car or the electronic module. Take care and good luck.

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SOURCE: Cause of burnt magnetron

GE microwaves have poor magntrons . with that said . something was wrong with the replacement stirrer . the first spark did damage to the magntron ......too bad you dont have the orig stirrer to put back in just to see what happens ..... i think your stuck,we can think anything we want but we cant prove anything and it would cost more trhan a microwave to fight it in court ...... get a new one , but not a GE

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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