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Re: microwave f3 problem

On a GE microwave F3 means you have a failed keypad.

We replace these for customers nationwide with our guaranteed $39.95 service.

If you might want to replace it yourself, I have uploaded a handy guide with pictures showing you what's typically involved. It's here.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you need more help.

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Code "F3" is highlighted on Key Panel

F3 usually means a problem with the control panel. There may be a corroded component or a power surge damaged the unit. Sometimes a little water will get into the keypad and cause the problem.

First try unplugging the unit for ten minutes. That may reset error code. (For built-in units, you can try flipping the circuit breaker to off or removing the trim to reach the power cord.)

If that fails, unplug the microwave again. You can remove the vent by unscrewing the top screws. Open the door to get the vent free. Then unscrew another screw to tip the keypad down (push up at the bottom of the panel). Disconnect the wires from the circuit board and remove the screws. Remove the circuit board and the shield behind it. Check over all of the pieces for dirt or signs of corrosion. (Clean gently.) Let everything dry (or use a hairdryer to dry all sides of the components). Then replace the parts in the reverse order. Plug in the microwave and check for the error.

If that fails, replace the control panel. One source for parts is .

I hope this helps. It may be cheaper to replace the microwave.

Cindy Wells

Jul 13, 2014 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven


Troubleshooting KitchenAid oven, range and microwave error codes

Here list of Kitchen Aid range and oven codes.

4 Digit Failure Codes

F1 - E0 EEPROM communication error
F1 - E1 EEPROM checksum error
F1 - E2 UL A/D error
F1 - E4 Model ID error
F1 - E5 Calibration shifted
F1 - E6 Latch signal mismatch error
F1 - E9 Stack overflow
F1 - E3 Wiring harness cavity size does not match stored value
F2 - E0 Shorted touch pad
F2 - E1 Keypad cable connection error
F2 - E5 Cancel key drive line open
F2 - E6 Cancel key drive line open
F3 - E0 Oven temperature sensor (RTD) opened (upper oven on double oven models)
F3 - E1 Oven temperature sensor (RTD) shorted (upper oven on double oven models)
F3 - E2 Oven temperature is too high (Cook mode)
F3 - E3 Oven temperature is too high (Clean mode)
F3 - E4 Oven temperature sensor (RTD) opened (lower oven on double oven models)
F3 - E5 Oven temperature sensor (RTD) shorted (lower oven on double oven models)
F3 - E6 Drawer sensor open
F3 - E7 Warming drawer sensor shorted
F4 - E1 Meat probe malfunction - shorted
F5 - E0 Door Switch
F5 - E1 Self clean latch will not lock
F5 - E2 Latch during CLEAN error
F5 - E5 Self clean temperature not reached within 45 minutes.
F5 - E6 Door is open, but latch is locked
F5 - E7 Self clean latch will not unlock
F6 - E0 Return line not connected
F7 - E1 Common switch wire defective

Two digit codes:

F0 ERC Board failure
F1 ERC Board failure
F2 Oven temperature is too high
F3 Oven temperature sensor open
F4 Oven temperature sensor shorted
F5 ERC Board failure
F7 Function key stuck on ERC
F8 ERC Board failure
F9 Oven door lock failure

Microwave and Microwave combo error codes:

F1 - E3 or F1 - E4 Electronic control malfunction

F2 - E0 or F2 - E1 Keypad connection error

F2 - E3 Keypad held down too long, or keypad is shorted.

If you get an error code, try first resetting the code:
1. Disconnect power for about two minutes.
2. Connect back power.
3. If code re-appears, test and eventually replace faulty part.


on Mar 27, 2010 | KitchenAid KHMS155LSS 1000 Watts Microwave...

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Microwave venting

Is it a combo built into the oven or stand alone?
If its build into something then no.
If its free standing look under the microwave and see if there are air vents in it. If there are are they clean. Microwaves dont vent persay, they just blow hot air out. You dont want to modifity the case because it will expose you to direct and scatter Microwaves. And that is not good.
A easy fix. When you are done making a TV dinner or whatever, keep the door open for a while. The microwave is hot and it will evaporate.
If there is standing water in it, contact the company and get them to fix it, but checking for proper intake and venting is needed. Meaning make sure they are clean.

Nov 05, 2013 | Oster Microwave Ovens

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Micro has a message F3 and and none of the controls work when i push the buttons

You have one of 2 problems, an open Thermocouple or a bad control panel DISCHARGE high voltage components first with no power applied prior to touching anything in the unit. Failure to discharge High Voltage Components can result in death

Aug 13, 2012 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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While cleaning it the vent began to open and close and the microwave would not shut the vent down when the keypad was used to end the cycle. Now it only shows F3 on its screen when we try to set it up...

The "F3" error code means "Shorted key panel (touch pad)". The correction is to replace the key panel aka a membrane switch or a touch pad. The control panel in that case is just a plastic frame.

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Aug 17, 2009 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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F3 error

So far so good we unplugged the machine took the filters off the bottom let everything dry out over night and it seems to be working I'll update you tomorrow. I think the steam got the control pannel wet.

Jun 24, 2009 | GE Advantium 120 Convection/Microwave Oven

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Frigidaire F3 problem

thank you, problem resolve....bought new micro

Mar 22, 2009 | Frigidaire FMV145K Microwave Oven

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Recirculating over the range micro does not take care of steam

Mayny reason. Does it vent outside? If not you are not getting a great amount of air flow. Are you filters clean? Dirty filters will stop max air movement. These are not the best machines for moving air but they sure are great spacemakers. Not sure if this can be fixed by any means other than a true vent hood.

Jan 26, 2009 | Maytag MMV4205 Microwave Oven

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F3 Error Message

the code means this.

F3 Shorted touch pad panel

Good Luck

Dec 29, 2008 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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Microwave shows F3

microwave quits working and F3 comes up on the readout - along with a series of beeps - pressing any of the buttons on the touchpad does nothing - The F3 stays there and beeps intermittently

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