Question about GE Ovens
If a user sets up a microwave and turns it on, one would expect it to heat the food in it. If it doesn't, it has probably developed an electrical fault. But that's probably obvious. If the unit has a touch panel and the display is not functioning and the unit is totally dead, it might be a fuse (but it may not). Listen to the Mechanic on this one, friends. Even taking a unit apart to replace a fuse can be exceptionally dangerous. Very dangerous voltages delivered at high current make a microwave work. How much value do you put on your life? You been warned, ait?
If the display is lit, the fuse in the microwave is good and a blown fuse is not the cause. (A blown fuse kills everything including the display and clock. It will act as if it wasn't even plugged in.) If everything comes on when it is started, like the light in the cavity and the fan (which one can hear running), and the timer counts down but it doesn't heat, the problem is probably isolated to the high voltage section of the oven. If the display is on and the oven won't come on and run, there may be a problem in the door interlock system or the thermal protection system. The cited symptoms and possible causes are general and some slight variation may exist in a specific machine. But the bad news is the same. It's this: there isn't much a user can do to fix the problem without exposure to extreme hazards. There are dangers lurking inside the metal box we all use so frequently (to the point we just about take it for granted). And they can be fatal. Don't even think about trying to repair a microwave. Be smart and be safe. The life you save may be your own.
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
when you try to reheat something does everything "sound" like it's working correctly? It's just not heating?
This usually means that your magnetron is shorted. The magnetron is the part that actually produces the microwaves inside the oven. It's not safe to change this part by yourself if you never have worked on a microwave before because the magnetron can hold a charge of 3000 volts if not discharged properly.
unless let me know along with make and model of the machine.
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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