Question about GE Microwave Ovens
Our microwave just stopped working/heating one day. Then it did a bag of popcorn and then doesn't any more. It turns, counts, acts like it's working but the food doesn't heat. I saw a post about test the rectifier? Is this something we can do or if it's broken are we better buying a new one. I'd just as well like to replace what's broken. Any ideas/help? Thanks, Tom.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I had same problem last week. My GE JVM1650 Spacemaker stopped after a few seconds of heating. Owned 16 months, manufactured Jan 2005. It was the magnetron, which was replaced yesterday. The magnetron has a 10-year warranty, but I had to pay $161.00 for labor by a GE technician. The call-out fee was waived at my request. I don't know what that amount would have been, but I can't believe the $161.00 for what was about 1/2 hour labor once diagnosed. Good Luck!
Posted on Sep 21, 2006
SOURCE: Microwave stopped heating!
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Concerning the problem Guest is having with the fan coming on when the door is open.
This is usually caused by either a bad door switch, a loose door switch mount, or a problem on the control panel.
Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside.
If you or a friend decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, linked here on Fixya: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk
Concerning the original problem of no heating:
Generally, the most common causes of a failure to heat are:
- bad door switches or door switch mounts
- loose connection at the magnetron
- problem or loose conneciton on the control unit circuit board
- bad magnetron or other high voltage part
If you or a friend decide to look into it, we have critical safety information, info on door switch diagnosis and replacement, and
disassembly information at our site, linked here on Fixya: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk
Posted on Nov 26, 2007
Because the microwave energy is beamed into the interior of the microwave and then dispersed by a metallic "stirrer," the pattern of the energy can be fairly consistent, rather than completely random. But this pattern sometimes causes certain portions of the food to overcook (creating tough spots) and others to undercook. A microwave oven with a carousel is far better at cooking the food consistently--the pattern becomes quite random while the carousel is turning.
Posted on Nov 13, 2008
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