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GE microwv-doesn't heat, strong electrical smell, all else ok

This is an above stove microwave, about 5 years old, model JVM1430BD002.
Has worked perfect, never any problems until today, went to heat up some coffee for one minute. Noticed it 'hummed' a little differently, and after the minute, there was a strong electrical smell and it didn't heat the coffee.

Always taken good care of it, we fix most things ourselves, but unfamiliar with microwaves. Any suggestions?

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The smell most likely indicates a shorted high voltage rectifier, or the high voltage/filiament transformer is self-destructing. Normally, magnetrons do not emit an odor when they fail. However, arcing high voltage wire near the magnetron could.

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The most common problem would be your magnetron. Check your purchase date, magnetron's usually have a five year warranty. Not a part I recomend trying to fix yourself (high voltage ).

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