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Ge jes1358wk02 microwave... controls seem to operate correctly....fan runs... capacitor check ok as does magnetron... but no heat... possibly a little on some cycles... suspect problem is with hi-voltage retifier/diode..but cannot check it with my small volt ohm meter... any other suggestions... from internal noise, it seems that high heat comes on momentarily but shuts down while fan continues to run.. ??

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When a high voltage fails, it shorts. Almost always. I've never seen one open, anyway.

If it's not shorted, it's probably okay.

Generally, the most common causes of a failure to heat are:

- bad door switches or door switch mounts
- loose connection at the magnetron
- problem or loose connection on the control unit circuit board
- bad magnetron or other high voltage part (such as a shorted diode)

If you or a friend decide to look into it, we have critical safety information, info on door switch diagnosis and replacement, and
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Regarding parts, contact the seller here to purchase parts.

You can also order from MicrowaveSvc , they also provide parts.

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