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GE Microwave turns itself on

GE Microwave JES1146BF001

Starts running all by itself. I have seen this caused in other brands by defective keypad (in fact at least one brand had a massive recall for this exact problem).

Does this sound like what is wrong with this GE?

Is there a recall? ir part available? $$$?

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  • Scooter1703 Jun 03, 2008

    Yeah, mine did this neat trick last night...running all by itself...Help! 6/2/08

  • stevericci Jan 23, 2009

    My GE Microwave (JES1142WMC01) turned itself on in the middle of the night and must have run for a while since I could feel the heat it was generating in my kitchen. The beeps woke me up as if someone was entering the time and pressing start...

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This is usually because the keypad is damaged or worn out, or control unit may be damaged.

BTW - Isn't this beyond the one-year warranty period? If so, it's not likely a recall will cover it.

We have *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site linked at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

There should also be a very helpful "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel. It's very helpful when troubleshooting.

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383

Or if you don't want to do ti yourself, we regularly repair these for customers nationwide for $39.95 plus parts.

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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