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GE Model JES1289SK01 Throwing Sparks

Same as others. Daughter was cooking popcorn and it started throwing sparks out the right side. What is causing this?

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The sparking is usually due to accumulated grease or food particles.

If there is any chipping, charring or rust, it will have to be sanded smooth and clean.

Then you can apply some high-temperature appliance paint, available from places like Wal-Mart, Lowe's or Builder's Square.

Sparking is most likely to occur when cooking small items or low-moisture foods like popcorn.

I always recommend that folks put food off-center on the turntable to assure more even heating and to protect the turntable glass.

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Posted on Mar 10, 2008

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The problem you are having is that the magnetron that does the heating is shorting out and it needs to be replaced before it damages the inside covering of the microwave. www.mwoparts.com is a good source for magnetrons or other similar sites. To replace is easy enough. Taking the cover off with the power off, you will find it behind and on the top right side of the control panel. It is held in place normally with just 4 screws and two wires with terminals attached to it. So removing and replacing is pretty straightforward. Just be sure all the power is off until you have everything back in place. Good luck.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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GE in essence says it is unrepareable and insafe. I suggest that would be saying it is trash.I don't know what that carboard is, possibly indulation? Ot may have /be a a oiece oce of laminated metal like some paper plates have..Not replaceable is a poor answer. Call them back and make a fuss. If it's not too far over warranty, they may work with you to shut you up.. oops, sorry, to pacify you.
:-) Good luck.

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1. Remove the plate and runner and check for metal contamination like little bits of foil.

Failing that it means that the magnetron in the microwave is dieing and it should not be used.

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GE in essence says it is unrepareable and insafe. I suggest that would be saying it is trash.I don't know what that carboard is, possibly indulation? Ot may have /be a a oiece oce of laminated metal like some paper plates have..Not replaceable is a poor answer. Call them back and make a fuss. If it's not too far over warranty, they may work with you to shut you up.. oops, sorry, to pacify you.
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The sparking is usually due to accumulated grease or food particles.

If there is any chipping, charring or rust, it will have to be sanded smooth and clean.

Then you can apply some high-temperature appliance paint, available from places like Wal-Mart, Lowe's or Builder's Square.

Sparking is most likely to occur when cooking small items or low-moisture foods like popcorn.

I always recommend that folks put food off-center on the turntable to assure more even heating and to protect the turntable glass.

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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