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I've had two of these microwaves and they both had the same problem-- shooting sparks or it would just stop working altogether. When I sent mine back for a refund the company replied that the problem was something we did but its apparent this product should be recalled!

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If you clean the wave guide cover and use the correct racks, it will no longer spark.

Posted on Nov 22, 2014

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    Demondra Curry Nov 23, 2014

    I cleaned it and I've never had this kind of problem with any other microwave but I see other customers with the same complaint.

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sounds like a fuse for starters, remove outer cover there will be a white cartridge appx 1"longX1/8"dia this is a ceramic fuse avail at most hardware stores in 15 or 20 amp configurations, if this blows again after repl suspect a faulty H.V. Diode/H.V. Capacitor, or the magnetron tube unless while inside unit you see something obviously wrong 2 fuses are under $5.00

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There should be a "mini-manual" (tech sheet) hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting, testing, and locating components.

At our Web site, we have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number
here.

You should check the fuse, the magnetron thermostat, and the oven cavity thermostat.

Accessing some components (the oven cavity thermostat for instance) for testing and possible replacement will require you to remove the oven from the wall.

If so, the installation instructions are very handy, and it's best to have two people since the microwave can be heavy and awkward.

You can download GE owner's manuals and installation instructions here.


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SOURCE: GE JES1290SK microwave magnetron is arcing

I don't know about a recall, but if your unit is under warranty parts and labour are included in most cases.

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