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GE microwave error - PROBE

I have a built-in GE microwave, circa 1994. Never had any problem with it until now. The display reads PROBE and the touchpad no longer responds. If I switch off the power to the unit for a day, the problem is corrected and the microwave operates normally for about a day. Then PROBE reappears on the display with the same unresponsiveness of the touchpad. Any ideas?

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  • vchad Apr 02, 2008

    Thank you! Yes, this is a very helpful solution and is very likely correct. I will follow your suggestion and test troubleshoot the keypad. Thanks!

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Chances are the keypad (membrane switch) is shorting, or the control panel as an assembly may need repair.

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 usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383

There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel, which is very helpful when troubleshooting. It shows you how to test the keypad.

Also, we repair these for $39.95 (in most cases) for customers nationwide via mail. If yours needs a keypad, we could also give you the estimated total repair cost if you contact us with your exact model number.

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

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