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I have GE JES735-BJ02 that heats but makes weird sounds like a rumbling sound.

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It could be a failing fan motor or magnetron.

While a microwave should never be left running unattended under any circumstances (as your owner's manual will tell you) it's even more important when one is exhibiting a failure or any odd behavior. So play it safe and stay with it while it's running!

And, as with anything that is not working right, it should be fixed as soon as possible or it can get worse.

If it's less than one year old, it would be fully covered under warranty. I'd suggest contacting the manufacturer to get it fixed free.

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It could just be the turntable which helps cook the food evenly. Remove the glass plate (turntable) and see if the ring with wheels on it is under the glass turntable. If it is put a coffee cup of water in run the unit on high for 30 seconds. Did it still make the noise? If no remove the water and put the ring with wheels on it in the center of the microwave. Place the glass turntable on top of the ring rotating it until it locks in place and will not turn easily. Try the water again on top of the glass turn table to see if the noise returns.

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