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JVM1450BA001 GE Microwave runs but does not heat. What is the parts # of the magnetron tube for that model?

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Ok, the part number is below but, i would advise to check the Magnetron thermal cut-off(Magnetron thermal fuse). This fuse could have blown.

MAGNETRON ASSY General Electric Part Number: WB27X10017

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