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GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Exhaust Fan Whines & Doesn't Do a Good Job

We have this GE Spacemaker above our range. Everything works with it: microwave, lights, etc BUT when we cook anything that has grease, the fan doesn't do anything to grab the smoke. So the whole kitchen and house smells like the meal. Its really annoying. When we do use the fan, its has this loud whiny noise, so combine that with not working, we just dont even use it. We long removed the black plastic grill at the top so we can stick our hand back there and see whats going on. We did find that if we propped a folded piece of paper next to what I think is the fan or the housing, it would reduce the sound a lot. But that falls out all the time. This is my first house and want to know these 2 questions: 1) shouldn't a properly working exhaust fan capture all the smoke from the range and keep a comfortable space in the kitchen (or is this the wrong solution) and 2) how do I fix this (part, removable, etc). I'm fairly handy with tools and enjoy learning how to fix things but wondering if this is even the best solution, dont want to have smoke smell permeate around the house any more. Thanks

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The vent fan assembly's blade assembly may be freewheeling on the motor shaft (which can be fixed with a couple of drops of super glue or epoxy) or there may be a foreign object or critter in the fan blades.

You will have to remove the oven from the wall to inspect and remove and inspect the vent motor. You can download the installation instructions here.

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HELLO.

Since there is an amount of volts from the outlet, the fault is from the microwave breaker.

The solution is given below.

Reset the microwave breaker.

Take the back cover of the microwave off with a screwdriver.

Inside you will find a motor.

Most microwave motors have a small red reset button on them. Hit that button.

Your microwave should work again if the breaker was the issue.

Thanks

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