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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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Re: when I open my microwave door, it starts running

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:

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

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Re: when I open my microwave door, it starts running

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

If this does not work got to

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

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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Re: when I open my microwave door, it starts running

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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