Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven
I had to remove one of the under the cabinet light sockets to replace. Now the lights are permanently on and I cannot turn them off with the touch pad. Any ideas?
I had the same problem today. Burned out lamp burst in my hand with a "pop" when I went to replace it. The new bulb now stays on all of the time. I am adamantly opposed to paying for a repair ($40) or a replacement (+$100) controller board. Why didn't the manufacturer design a circuit that would not fail when the lamps were replaced? So, I'm bypassing the switch and installing a separate toggle switch to turn the lamps on and off. If I could retrofit the unit for a standard light bulb I would do that as well. These little lamps it uses are $4 each - ouch!
Posted on Jul 25, 2009
We see (and repair) this
a lot. The problem is on the control panel, which
we regularly repair nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid in about a
week or so.
At our Web site, you can get details of our service, plus we have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.
This light failure often occurs when a bulb goes out and the filament shorts, or when the bulbs are removed or installed without first unplugging the oven from the power line. Either can cause such a failure on the controller.
The lights can can be inoperable or stuck on or no bright, too. Sometimes this will similarly affect the exhaust fan operation or inside light, too.
Feel free to contact me directly (and please remind me of your full model number from the tag on the unit) for more information & help.
We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.
William E. Miller, AS-EET
Posted on Jul 13, 2009
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