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When I open my microwave door, it starts running

When I open my microwave door, the turntable starts turning, light comes on, and makes the normal noise as if it is running. Is it letting out microwaves, or just the fan making the noise?

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  • irinka Nov 08, 2007

    We have GE Spacemaker JVM 239 1994 model. Recently the following problem occurs: when we open microwave door, it starts running, and stops as soon as we close the door. What would be a problem?

  • pjsturdevant Apr 25, 2008

    Yes I do have the same problem with my GE model JE-1540 Turntable Microwave. Some times when I finish heating something I can open the door and the light comes on and the table rorates. When I reach in to remove the food it warms my hand. This is great for winter but summer approaching, not so good.



    I would think this kind of failure in product saftey would be prevented by a well designed ciucuit.



    PJ Sturdevant

    Cincinnati Ohio

  • Anonymous Aug 03, 2008

    Same thing - any time we open the door the turntable, light and fan work. At first we could get it to stop by pressing the switch that opens the door. Now it runs anytime the door is open.

    Is this also microwaving us?

    Can it be fixed?


  • hartner Jan 28, 2009

    Whwn i open my micro door, the turntable starts to turn. Is this dangerous to us? Please notify me with an answer.

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2009

    what is the replacement item my unit is mounted in the wall? my part number is 164d3370p017

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    My Hamilton beach microwave is making flicking noise and light is flashing when I open the door it is smoking

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    turntable is turning but liquid is not heating.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    turntable is turning but liquid is not heating

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    when microwave is used fan makes noise or totally stops running

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In most cases, it's not actually cooking, but instead the fan, turtable and light may be on. Yet it does need attention.

What this usually means is that you have a shorted door switch or a bad door switch mount.

It's easy to tell if it's actually cooking, just place a cup of water inside and see if it heats.

If so, that could mean a stuck relay on the control board. If so, we repair these for customers nationwide with our guaranteed $39.95 service. Far less than a new board.

If you or a friend decide to look into it, we have critical safety information, info on door switch diagnosis and replacement, and
disassembly information at our site, linked here on Fixya: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

Please write back with more details if you need further help.

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This is an ongoing problem with GE Spacemaker microwaves. It has been reported to the CPSC and they are investigating. A friend of mine had this issue and the FDA/CPSC picked up his unit for testing.

Here is what he did.

I reported it here https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

If this does not work got to https://www.cpsc.gov

Click on "Report an Unsafe Product "

Then choose the "For consumers" line and click on the word "report"

I filled that in and with in a day or so was contacted by this gentleman.

George Kraus 240-276-3298 or George.Kraus@fda.hhs.gov.

Very nice guy that seems genuinely concerned. He was the one that made the arrangements with the testing lab that was local to me. He was also the one that got back to me yesterday with the info on my unit and what was going to happen moving forward.

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Yes it is running.  This should be checked by a professional for safety reasons.  If it is older I would just replace the microwave because repairs can be too expensive compared to a new one.  Would appreciate a solved rating for expert advice.

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