Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven
F3 on a GE / Hotpoint
microwave means you have a shorted membrane keypad.
If and when an oven is coming on or doing anything by itself, this is very dangerous and can result in a fire.
So until it is repaired, please leave it unplugged or leave the door open when it's not in use, and of course one should never leave a microwave unattended while cooking.
If you (or someone you know) might want to replace it yourself, I have uploaded a handy guide with pictures showing you what's typically involved.
At our Web site, we have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.
You can find links to helpful exploded view diagrams and part ordering help here. I recommend that you bookmark that link to your favorites.
There should be a "mini-manual" (tech sheet) hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting, testing, and locating components.
If you would like to have us do this repair for you, we do that for $39.95 plus part costs nationwide.
But please note that for some GE models, the membrane keypad is not available as a separate part, so you would have to order the control panel frame assembly which comes with a new keypad.
In this case, you simply move your circuit board into the new frame. That is a simple do-it-yourself job.
Please feel free to contact us with your full model number and we can tell you if yours is one of these models, and if so, we'll also give you the part number you need to order and a link to the best priced supplier.
Either way, we can let you know what your options and costs would be and send you other helpful info.
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Posted on Jan 31, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Remove the grill, should be screws on the top of the unit. There should be one screw behind the grill at the top of the control panel. Remove it and pop the control panel up to remove it. Make sure the mw is unplugged first. Then you can remove the board.
Posted on Oct 05, 2007
It could be the plastic coupler part #942560. Remove your glass tray and lift up the plastic piece in the middle. It slides off of the motor. If it is broken that is your problem.
Posted on Oct 25, 2009
F3 Key panel (touch pad) shorted This code will occur if a shorted key panel is detected continuously over 60 seconds. Replace key panel (also called touch pad).
Posted on Nov 04, 2010
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