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I have a GE Spacemaker XL Microwave Oven. One of the lights underneath burned out and while trying to replace it the light broke and I not only shorted out the other light but now the vent fan does not work either. I replaced the two lights...this is how I know they do not work and of course I mentioned the fan also stopped working. When I select the lights or vent fan I can hear what sounds like a little "click" that seems to be in the area of the selection panel. Any ideas what I may have done and how I could correct it?

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  • bophi131 Oct 07, 2008

    I have a brand new GE Spacemaker XL1800 Microwave Oven and the vent fan does not work. Everything else works fine, and I can press all the buttons on the control panel to cycle through low, medium, and high fan settings, but the vent fan won't turn on. Is there a quick/easy solution to this? or do I have to call GE customer support? Thank you.

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We see this a lot. The problem is on the control panel, which we regularly repair nationwide for $39.95 postpaid.

This light failure often occurs when a bulb goes out and the filament shorts, or when the bulbs are removed or installed without first unplugging the oven from the power line. Either can cause such a failure on the controller.

This can often also affect the exhaust fan operation, too. The lights and fan can be inoperable or stuck on too.

Details of our service and critical safety information and disassembly information is at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

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Posted on Feb 03, 2008

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