Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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I was also getting F3 error code on GE spacemaker xl 1800. After reading prior post about possible faulty keypad, I unplugging and touching each of the keys on the control panel. After touching most of the individual keys, the problem solved itself. Back to having a working micro. Thanks for the help!
Posted on Jul 10, 2007
F3 on a GE / Hotpoint
microwave means you have a shorted membrane keypad (aka membrane switch).
If and when an oven is coming on or doing anything by itself, this is very dangerous and can result in a fire.
So until it is repaired, please leave it unplugged or leave the door open when it's not in use, and of course one should never leave a microwave unattended while cooking.
If you (or someone you know) might want to replace it yourself, I have uploaded a handy guide with pictures showing you what's typically involved.
You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.
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.
If you would like to have us do this repair for you, we do that for $39.95 plus part costs nationwide.
Either way, we can let you know what your options and costs would be and send you other helpful info.
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.
Feel free to contact me directly (and please remind me of your full model number from the tag on the unit) for more information & help.
We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.
William E. Miller, AS-EET
Microwave Oven Control Panel Repair Nationwide
Posted on May 06, 2010
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