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THE MICROWAVE DOESN'T HEAT UP?

The microwave lights come on and it makes a noise like it is working, but the microwave doesn't get hot?

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  • redcar Jan 24, 2008

    it was manufactured in sep 2000 - thanks!!!!!

  • redcar Jan 24, 2008

    thanks a billion - i have a home warranty and a repairman is supposed to come and look at it tomorrow - i hope he knows as much as you guys do!!! thanks again!!!

  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2008

    GE JVM1440 everything works but the heat!

    Everything sounds right , no odors , no smoke ever



    Relaced the magnetron, made no difference,still no heat, don't see any fuses except main one , checked it , it's good (of course) if it wasn't the

    ligths wouldn't come on . Don't see any other fuses. This is really frustrating. can't afford another one of these things

    HELP HELP HELP

  • Greg Collins May 11, 2010

    How old is it please?

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High voltage parts are suspect. Need to put a voltmeter on the input (primary) side to the high-voltage transformer (big heavy iron thing in there) Should be getting 120Vac when it goes to cook cycle. Don't touch the other (high voltage) side of this transformer. If the power is there, you are looking at replacing either the magnatron or more probably, the high-voltage capacitor and diode. Its affordable if you do it yourself - buy the part on EBAY - lookup "universal magnatron"
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Is the unit under warranty? If not, you can try to remove the cover and see if there is a blown fuse in the section that powers the Magnetron. How old is the unit? Typically, no heating of food, indicates a bad Magnetron (tube).

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- Jim

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