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Smoke from microwave

Yesterday I warmed food too long and the microwave got out smoke from the vent (when the door was close) to the kithen? Why the smoke get out from the vent? Is it radiation?

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NO RADIATION, ITS MAY BE COMING FROM MAGNETRON OR GRILL

Posted on Jan 13, 2014

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SOURCE: Smoking microwave

It could be the fan motor, a component on the circuit board that drives the fan (triac) , the magnetron, high voltage transformer, etc.

It will need to be diagnosed. Smoke is always a bad sign, but not necessarily expensive for a do-it-yourselfer.

If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical safety information and disassembly information at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa.

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting & testing.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Posted on Sep 02, 2008

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SOURCE: Crackling sound in microwave vent when power is off

By "powered off" can I assume you mean that it is plugged in and at idle, not cooking, just showing the clock?

If so, I'd say your control board is failing.

If my assumption is wrong, please write back with more details.

We regularly repair these control units for customers nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid in about a week with a one-year guarantee.

Feel free to contact me directly (and please remind me of your model number) for more information & help.

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Posted on Nov 09, 2008

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SOURCE: Microwave will not warm up food

Sounds like the magnetron has failed. This is the component that produces the microwaves that heats the food.

The cost of the magnetron is about 95% of the cost of a microwave oven. Most people don't, for this reason, replace the magnetron, they replace the whole oven which is probably what you will end up doing.

There is a possibility that the circuit that provides power to the magnetron is faulty and you need to take it apart, find the proper electrical leads and test them with a volt meter. To do this you have to remove it from its mounting and take it apart. It is a fairly lengthy process however.


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SOURCE: ge spacemaker microwave JVM1330BW002 making noise, food not warm

bad news I am afraid. the heart of the unit has had a coronary and needs a tech to intervene

Posted on Aug 01, 2009

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SOURCE: My GE spacemaker microwave makes an awful sound

might just be magnetron and diode and thats not to terrible cost wise but if the smoke is real heavy the transformer may be burned as well and its not worth it then. mag & diode price with labor should only be $150-180 and add on an extra $120 for transformer

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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