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GE over the range Microwave shutting off

Our 2 yr. old GE microwave, Mod#JVM1650WH01 has a problem. It will run for about 2 seconds, then shut off and we have to reset clock, date, etc. Sometimes that works, sometimes I'd like to throw a hammer through it! This happened a few times right after we got it, and then it worked okay for about 1 1/2 years. Now it's doing it again, only this time it's very hard to recover! I think this product is defective and hope that GE will stand behind it.

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  • reddew3 Feb 25, 2008

    I also have a GE over-the-range microwave that shuts off after 2 seconds running, then I have to reset everything. Model # JVM1650CH02 4/05. I can not use it, but I have to leave it plugged in to use the fan and light. Why? I thought GE made quality appliances. This is the first step I'm taking to resolve this problem. I can not afford another one. Please Help!. Thank you. Debbie

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2008

    MY GE JVM 1653BH01 has the same problem. require reset clock over & over again.

  • Anonymous Sep 26, 2008

    I had the exact same problem (and exact same model) In another post, someone mentioned the oven works fine if the front panel is tilted forward. The suggestion was to use one of those anti static bags behind the control panel. The bag blocks interference from the magnetron.Note you don't have to take down the oven to try tilting the front panel or to insert the bag.

  • ceraynor Dec 10, 2008

    I have the same problem same model is only 2yrs old and I called GE they want 79.95 just to come out and look at it and if we decide to fix it they will put the amount on the bill. It is apparent they have a problem with this and don,t want to take the responsibility for the problem. So goes the american company. It will be the last time I buy a GE



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This is often due to a defective or loose magnetron causing electrical interference and disruption in the control circuit board.

If your magnetron was recently replaced, it may have loose mounting nuts or bolts or the wire mesh RF gasket was not installed or got pinched.

It may also need a new high-voltage diode and stirrer, and the cavity may be affected.

GE had a campaign (but not a recall, mind you!) covering several models.

Details are in their bulletin at

The parts kit (that GE used to pay for) is part # WB27X10489 and is shown in the photo here:

If you or a friend decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa:

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here:

You say this is only 2 years old? I thought these models were much older... GE may cover it, but you'll have to contact them.

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I had the same problem in my 2005 JVM1650BH01 (balck). The solution posted by Guest (Sep 26, 2008) worked for me. Protecting the control panel via static bag. You can open the control panel by remving the grill at the top.

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Don't buy any GE products, I also have the same problem. Less then two years old already had the Megatron replaced after 6 months

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