Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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Unit turns off

The unit will run for several seconds, then shutdown. I have to reset the clock and then it will do the same thing. This will continue to occur, then randomly the unit will run fine and then start acting up again

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  • craig442 Feb 17, 2008

    I am having the same problem but know the unit is dead! Got to love 


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  • Kree1
    Kree1 Feb 18, 2008

    GE Spacemaker JVM1650CH02 Runs OK then randomly shuts down, must reset the clock and date, three years old?!? What can be done to fix it?

    Thanks

  • ldboyers Mar 02, 2008

    We have the same problem -- the microwave runs for three seconds then completely resets, requiring us to reset the time and date. It does not do this all the time, but it is becoming more and more frequent. We bought our microwave new from Lowe's in the spring of 2005, so it is less than three years old.

  • ldboyers Mar 02, 2008

    The link below shows discusses only units manufactured between April 1999 and July 2000. Ours was manufactured in January 2005. Was this still a common problem for that long even after GE recognized it? Is the cost to make these repairs reasonable compared to the cost of a new unit (from another manufacturer for sure)?

  • Hoag425 Mar 05, 2008

    Yes, my 2005 JVM1430BD does a similar thing....after 5-10 seconds..it shuts off..I reset the clock..and it may 'work' OR it may quit again.

    The light in the control panel 'flickers' too...

  • monroect Mar 06, 2008

    We have the EXACT same problem on a JVM1650 that was mfg in Nov 2004. Was a rare occurrence, then more frequent. Now it has done it roughly 12 times in a row. The thing just will not work more than 2 or 3 seconds.

  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2008

    Having this problem also. It runs for three seconds and shuts off. Service man said it would be $150.00 plus s/h plus labor. Not worth it. John C.

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Sadly, we hear of this over and over.

This is usually 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 http://207.234.249.73/mwd/ge_mw_mag_kit_bulletin.pdf

Even if your model is not on the list, the same problem can occur, requiring a kit. I just think the difference is that GE has stopped paying for the repairs.

The parts kit (that GE used to pay for) is part # WB27X10489 and is shown here: http://207.234.249.73/mwd/wb27x10489_ge_mag_stir_kit.jpg

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: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

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

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

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

Posted on Feb 27, 2008

The micro-controller is defective or is detecting a overheat in the magnetron valve or in the microwave cavity.

Posted on Feb 16, 2008

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