GE Microwave JVM3660SD001 Control Panel Removal Procedure
Hi, This problem probably applies to the general lot of GE Spacesaver Microwave units: Please explain in detail how to pop out the Control Panel (containing the touchpad). I am going to replace the one currently indicated bad by the "F3" error code. Thank you!
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Re: GE Microwave JVM3660SD001 Control Panel Removal...
Remove the grill, should be screws on the top of the unit. There should be one screw behind the grill at the top of the control panel. Remove it and pop the control panel up to remove it. Make sure the mw is unplugged first. Then you can remove the board.
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Deanna, it would probably be best to have a second person there to help hold the microwave. You would need to loosen and remove the screws from inside the cabinet that hold the microwave to the cabinet. Just to let you know, as you face the microwave, the right side of it will be a lot heavier than the left side because of all the equipment that is behind the control panel. You might put a pillow or something else soft to help cushion the microwave and protect your counter in case it lets go all of a sudden. Depending on the model and the type of mounting bracket there could be anywhere from 3 to 6 screws that hold it in place. Hope tis helps!
If you (or someone you
know) might want to replace it yourself, I have uploaded a handy guide with pictures showing you what's typically
You can find links to helpful exploded view diagrams and part ordering help here.
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should be a "mini-manual" (tech sheet) hidden inside the unit
control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is
very helpful when troubleshooting, testing, and locating
If you would like to
do this repair for you, we do that for $39.95 plus part costs nationwide.
But please note that for
some GE models, the membrane keypad is not
available as a separate part, so you would have to order the control
panel frame assembly which comes with a new keypad.
In this case, you simply
move your circuit board into the new frame. That is a simple do-it-yourself
job. Either way, we can let
you know what your options and costs would be and send you other
our Web site, we have a video
available showing how to remove a typical
over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.
Feel free to contact me directly (and please remind me of your
full model number from the tag on the unit) for more
information & help.
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The clue is that you have to reset the clock. You are losing power somehow. the Main Board thinks it is being unplugged and it resets the clock and you have to start all over. The fact that after so many times it will finally work tells me that whatever bad connection you have is finally getting hot enough to expand and make a good enough connection to keep working. Intermittant connections are the worse to find. A lot of trial and error to find the problem. can be bad fuse and fuse holder ( in the unit), bad outlet, loose wire at circuit breaker, loose wire at outlet. Even a loose breaker where it snaps onto the buss bar in the Breaker Box. Etc, it an really drive you nuts trying to find it. Try the unit in a totally different area making sure it is on a compleately different circuit breaker and see what it does, if the problem follows the unit, the problems is in the unit. If not, electrical problems, outlet, breaker, panel,
if you are as lucky as i was...i have a ge spacesaver model jvm130...same problem. first unplug unit and check fuse on the "power control module". if fuse is ok...unscrew the screws holding the "power control module" in place...carefully tilt module and see if a solder
joint needs to be re-soldered. my problem was the solder joint under the front plug (5 large wire plug). you may have to unplug the three connectors to the board to get access to bottom. this is the second time i had to re-solder...last one was several years ago though. best of luck