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GE Eterna microwave rumbling

When turned on it makes a loud rumbling noise from the top of the unit.It doesnt happen all the time.It was made in 2004.Space Maker XL 1800

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    Does the unit heat properly otherwise? A cup of water should be boiling in about two minutes.

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It sounds like the magnetron is shot. Cost of a new one is about $80. Detailed instructions for troubleshooting are normally packed inside most microwave ovens. How far do you want to go?

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It is probably a thing called the Microwave "Stirer" motor. They often wear out and grumble. Being a GE I would expect it to have them, but these days who knows?

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