Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven
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
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://18.104.22.168/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://22.214.171.124/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.
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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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If the microwave runs for a few seconds and then shuts off, a door switch might have failed intermittently. Check each of the door switches for any signs of overheating, arcing, or burning. Also check each of them for continuity. Replace any of the switches that is visibly damaged or that only has continuity intermittently
the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops the touchpad and
control panel might be defective. There are several other components
that can cause this problem, be sure to check any other components
before replacing this board.
the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops the touchpad might be
at fault. This is not common. Generally speaking, if the microwave
display is working and some of the buttons respond correctly but
some don't, the problem is with the touchpad.
the microwave runs for a few seconds and stops the thermostat might
be defective. Watch our video on testing thermostat
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