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Grinding noise when we cook bacon (could be with other things too, but just noticed w/bacon 2 times). it sounds like it is shaking the unit like it will pop. it began after our son put a chili microwavable bowl w/out removing the metal top into the microwave.

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It sounds like you could have one or two problems. Using the oven with metal in it could cause the magnatron to go bad at its tip causing it to arc and making a popping sound. It could be that there is bare metal exposed somewhere causing the popping sound. Take it in for service!!

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GE Customer Service is at http://www.geappliances.com/service_and_support/contact/

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