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I have to hit the outside (top side of door)of our

We have to hit the outside (top side of door) of our G.E. over-the-counter microwave to get it to begin heating after starting a timed cooking cycle. Then after about 5 minutes, it stops heating in the middle of the cook cycle (cycle is set greater than 5 minutes). Could this be a bad magnetron (intermittent operation), or a loose connection inside in the power wiring? Also, the microwave will not heat after that until at least an hour later, which appears to indicate something has become heat sensitive. You have to hit it again after this wait time to get it to heat after initiating a new cook cycle.

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This is usually caused by either a bad door switch or a loose door switch mount, which are pretty simple problems to fix.

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.

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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 from the tag on the oven here.

If a switch is all you need, we offer a universal type for only $5 postpaid which you can order here.

Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside.

Door switch or mount trouble is usually caused by slamming the door or by opening the door while it's cooking without hitting the Stop pad first.

There are plastic mounts inside the microwave which hold the door switches and onto which the door latches lock when you close the door.

The screws on these mounts may be loose. If they get too loose, the switches will not be activated properly.

Sometimes it's a broken tab on the switch holder, allowing the switch to rotate just out of position. This tab can be hard to see, since it is under the bottom edge of the switch.

If the switch mount is broken, it's usually more economical and safer to add a dab or two of hot glue to the mount to secure the switch. Let it cool for about 30 minutes before using.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

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