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Microwave sounds like it is working but it does not heat and it smells like hot wires

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HI, this is a failed Magnetron heating device. replace this part asap if possible. it has failed.

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What is happening is that the magnetron is shorted, causing the high voltage transformer to overheat. That is what you are smelling is the insulation getting hot. When the magnetron shorts out, it makes a loud buzzing sound. Replacement magnetrons costs almost as much as a new oven so it rarely makes sense to fix.

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Sounds like you have a bad magnetron. Not much worth replacing in these over-the-range microwaves except the fuse. Repair will cost as much as a new one and the high voltage circuit of a m/w is not somewhere I would recommend a DIYer to mess around in.

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Well, if there is not heating the food and making a loud buzzing or humming sound when it is on, then the magnetron has failed. It typically shorts out and fails. The magnetron for this cost $140 plus the cost of the service call, you're better off buying a new oven. Hope this helps.

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Heard a pop and then an electrical smell. Unit is working but a faint electrical smell occurs each time unit used. Should I continue using it? It is built in with a trim kit.


No that is a very dangerous situation. What is sounds like is you had a short that blew apart but not completely damaging the wires. You should unplug, and open it if its out of warranty and inspect the wires. If the wires are partially burned it can heat up and cause an electrical fire.

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Smells like burnt wires


It is very possible it may have burnt wire or burnt capacitor. Remove unit, remove top cover and look inside to see if you see any burn marks or burnt wires. Also check fuse to see if it is good or not.

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Ge spacemaker microwave oven sounds like it is working but is not heating. It also smells like hot wires.


may need an interlock switch, located behind control panel. For otr models, remove the grille and you will find a screw that holds the panel on, remove it and lift up on the panel before pulling out to keep from breaking tabs, switches will be to your left behind the door. for counter models, the case needs to be removed. If there is no sign of scorching at the switches, you may need a magnetron.

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Motor sounds differently, smells like something is getting hot, won't heat the food


Do you have good air flow coming out of the vents?

If for some reason the cooling fan stopped working, it can cause the magnetron to overheat and be damaged.

If you don't still have your manual, you can download it here:
http://www.geappliances.com/service_and_support/literature/

It will address ventilation issues.

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

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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