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Microwave erratically starts

My GE Spacemaker starts cooking on its own. The microwave will all of a suddent start up with a beep and cook in veggies mode until the stop button is pressed. The machine will stay off for a while and then start up again. I've pressed cancel lots of times but eventually it starts again.

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  • melcooke Mar 14, 2008

    I took unit apart, removed the circuit board behind the touch pad and cleaned all of the oil/grime that had built up with contact cleaner and isopropyl alcohol. I then used a blow dryer set on low to thoroughly dry the unit before re-assembling. The unit appears to be working just fine but I'll keep a close eye on it.

    I'm quite surprised with the amount of oil (?) that had collected and that the manufacturer had not done a better job of sealing the electronic area off from the ventilation ducts. This unit is vented to the outside.

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Your keypad is going bad and will have to be replaced. This is not too hard a job for a DIYer, or we do this job for $39.95 plus part cost for customers nationwide.

If you or someone you know decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info 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.

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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