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Why does my. MAgic Che f microwave smoke inside when I cook bacon?

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Although bacon can be cooked in a microwave, cooking any low water content food is ******* an oven, and can shorten the lifespan of the magnetron.

The smoke you're seeing is probably from the grease in the bacon. However, there's a slight chance it's from the power transformer as these sometimes fail slowly. You should be able to tell from the type of odor.

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Your manual should tell you what can and cannot be cooked in a microwave oven.

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It sounds like you could have one or two problems. Using the oven with metal in it could cause the magnatron to go bad at its tip causing it to arc and making a popping sound. It could be that there is bare metal exposed somewhere causing the popping sound. Take it in for service!!

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Sorry if you misunderstand, but I offer free advice so you or someone you know can fix things yourself.

Chances are you have a bad magnetron or other high voltage part, but I won't bother you with details now.

You take care of yourself.

Posted on Jul 20, 2008

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SOURCE: Microwave still runs but is not cooking food

Sounds like a bad magnetron, i would replace the magnetron, Capacitor and Diode at the mag assembly, to be honest it will cost you more to fix than a new one.............

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Venting of microwave - house stinks of bacon

Interesting post, because I have the same problem! I have spent the better part of today researching and taking our microwave apart (partially) to inspect the top portion re: outside vent. Everytime the microwave is on, the "active vent door" (manufacturer's term, not mine!) opens. Apparently this is normal. But it also opens when you turn on the vent fan, when cooking on the stovetop. I don't like this feature, because I think it 'overrides' the outside venting system. I double checked our outside vent to ensure that when this oven was installed, the person did in fact allow the flap to be open when the fan is on (he did). So I think what 'our' problem is, is that the microwave active vent sort of interferes with the outside vent, thus more of the cooking smell being blown into the house instead of the outdoors. I was thinking of simply disconnecting the gizmo that make the active vent door open each time you use the oven and/or vent fan option however I don't think that's a good idea as apparently the main purpose of the active vent door is to keep the electronics of the microwave oven from overheating. The more I read about this version of microwave, the less impressed I am with it. Lots of electronic issues with it. I am not fussy either with having the microwave over the cooktop. Sorry I don't have a solution for your problem but I do feel your pain!!!

Posted on Apr 11, 2010

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(Does your manual suggest putting a half-cup of water in the unit when cooking bacon or popcorn?)

If it didn't come back on (even after resetting the unit by unplugging it for a few minutes then trying again) then I would say the magnetron thermal cutout blew.

But since it's under warranty, GE will fix it for you free.

GE Customer Service is at http://www.geappliances.com/service_and_support/contact/

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