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I have a GE Spacemaker microwave oven that was manufactured in November of 2000. Model No. JVW1631WB 004. KW: 1.58. VAC/HZ: 120/60. The oven no longer heats food. It makes a louder than usual hum when in operation. Is there anything I can do to fix it or should I just chuck it & get a new one? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Thanks for making your post very detailed and including the model number. That really helps! :)

With the symptoms you have, I would most strongly suspect a shorted high voltage rectifier diode or a bad magnetron.


The diode is a fairly easy & cheap do-it-yourself fix, and the mag will cost more.

If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical safety information and disassembly information at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa.

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.

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.

Here are some links you or someone you know can use for test help, but read their safety warnings first:

http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/diode.html (if it's not shorted, it's probably okay)

http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/mag_test.html

http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/xformer.html

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

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Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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SOURCE: My Ge SpaceMaker XL1800 Microwave Oven won't power on any more.

1.Check power outlet for working.
2.If it is than you have broken fuse inside the m/w.
3. To change the fuse you have to disconnect the power to m/w, take the upper grill off, take the screw on top of control panel, lift the control panel up and removed. The 20 Am fuse located behind this panel.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

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this is something you should probably call a repair technician for, due to the danger of the componentry.

Usually in ther case of this problem, even a technician will advise you to replace the unit, in the minds of cost effectiveness and safety...

Posted on Mar 21, 2009

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SOURCE: ge spacemaker microwave JVM1330BW002 making noise, food not warm

bad news I am afraid. the heart of the unit has had a coronary and needs a tech to intervene

Posted on Aug 01, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a ge spacemaker XL1400. It was manufacture

it sounds to me like the magnetron is shot in it. this is the part that creates the heat. not worth repairing on a 10 year old unit. Sorry.

Posted on Nov 08, 2009

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