Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven
I had the same problem, but seem to have fixed it last week. Thank goodness, because with 2 little kids, I really need the microwave.
My January '05 model JVM1653 would intermittently have a flickering display then reset itself after about 3 seconds into a full power heating cycle (it was still ok on reduced power). I don't know what the problem was for sure, but protecting the front panel circuit board from radiation seemed to do the trick.
I put a sheet of aluminum foil in a ziplok bag (I used the gallon size, but the 1 qt size would probably do just fine), taped a "twistum" tie with the plastic stripped off the ends of the wire to one corner of the aluminum sheet, and then sealed up the bag and put a piece of tape on the corner of the bag where the wire was hanging out. With the front panel tilted out, I attached the other bare end of the tie to the green ground wire screw. I then "stuffed the ziploc into the open behind the panel while trying to keep the circuit board as shielded as possible. I carefully closed up the front panel, making sure i didn't get the ziplok punctured by the circuit board stuff.
So far so good!!!
Posted on Jan 28, 2008
I just taped in a static bag and that solved it immediately! Great advice, and cheap too! It only takes 3 screws to open the control panel. First take off the top front plastic grill, then the 1 ***** above the screen. slide the screen panel upward and it will hinge open. You can see the magnetron behind the fan inside. No wonder the radiation is messing up the circuit board. I can't believe they didn't shield it already!
I only wonder how much of that radiation is leaking out into my head. I guess when my brain starts heating up it's time to get a new microwave!
Posted on Mar 10, 2008
Got our unit back from the repair center a couple days ago. I spoke with one of the repairmen who told me this microwave made in Korea is used by several different companies and that he hasn't heard of it having any major problems. He said GE is replacing the magnatron with a different one that fixes the problem we're all having. He said all magnatrons leak RF. We're just happy to get our microwave back and it cost us $50...much cheaper than the $185 a certified GE repairman was going to charge us.
I'd recommend having GE send you the magnatron and diode and take it to a repairman yourself.
Good luck all.
Posted on Jan 03, 2008
Same problem here with the same GE Spacemaker microwave. Mine's been out since 12/06/07. GE shipped me a new magnatron and diode. The problem is the GE serviceman wanted to charge $185 to repair...HA. I took it today to another repair shop who is suppose to repair it for $50. I'll try to call them tomorrow to tell them to place this film in there while they are repairing it.
My experience with GE like you guys has been horrible. The GE cares number is a joke. The GE consumer affairs number 800-386-1215 is just as much a joke.
Never again will my money go to GE. I've searched for a good microwave and it seems they're all junk these days...good ole crap from China. It's sad our country's businesses have become such a sell out.
Good luck guys.
Posted on Dec 19, 2007
I had the same problem on my GE microwave. I installed some static paper and it seems to have fixed the problem. Thanks for the tip
Posted on Dec 09, 2007
Same problem solved using the static film that computer parts are shipped in..sort silver like..there is rf leakage from the magnetron and by creating a barrier between the circuit board and the mag, you eliminate the problem...local computer repair shops,often have these laying around(static film sleeves) works like a charm.cut to fit and you are ready to go,
Posted on Nov 13, 2007
Magnatron thermostst defective .
Posted on Nov 03, 2007
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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