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Otherwise, it's likely to be a failing high voltage part:

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- A loud buzz, hum, or groan is usually a shorted high voltage rectifier diode, but if this were the case, it would not heat.

- Sometimes a high voltage transformer will cause a loud hum and burning smell, too.

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If the cooling fan fails totally, the magnetron will fail so service the unit immediately.

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If it buzzes real loud it's probably the high volyage diode. However some times if it smells it's the transformer. Usually the diode is a cheap fix ~$10.00 but this model the diode is $50. It's number 50 on the link below. Let me know how it works out or you need anything else.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getSubComp.pd?modelNumber=JVM1440BH01&productCategoryId=0123370&brandId=0432&modelName=MICROWAVE&diagramPageId=00001&documentId=G0312014&pop=flush

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Do you have good air flow coming out of the vents?

If for some reason the cooling fan stopped working, it can cause the magnetron to overheat and be damaged.

If you don't still have your manual, you can download it here:
http://www.geappliances.com/service_and_support/literature/

It will address ventilation issues.

Please write back with more details if you need further help.

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