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GE Spacemaker XL 1400

Stopped heating - about 7-8 years old - everything else works

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First, wipe out any excess crumbs. Then fill a microwave-safe bowl with about 1-2 cups of water. Add some lemon juice, or put in half a piece of fresh cut lemon (squeezing some juice out first) into the bowl... Microwave until the water is boiling. Then let it sit for a few minutes to let the steam penetrate the interior. Carefully remove the bowl and interior tray. Wipe down the interior with a damp cloth. Wash the tray in the sink with dish soap, dry, and then return to microwave. For the outside, spray with a kitchen cleaner and wipe with paper towels. The main idea is that the steam from the water will loosen food particles, and the lemon will add a fresh smell.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Jun 26, 2009

    sorry about the previous post, I was doing a little copy and paste of my common answers to the same problem. This is your solution below.

    Sounds like the magnetron has failed. This is the component that
    produces the microwave that heats the food. The cost of the magnetron
    is about 95% of the cost of a microwave .
    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.



    Benjamin



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