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GE countertop microwave shows "F3" on display, won't work

I have a GE countertop microwave (model # JES1334WD) built in Aug. 2002. It will not work and is showing "F3" on the display. Is it repairable, or worth repairing? Or is it dead? Thanks for your help!

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F3 on a GE means you have a shorted membrane keypad.

There are two ways to fix this model, either replace the membrane keypad which is a lot of work (handy guide with pictures) or to replace the complete controller.

It's probably not going to be economical even to repair it yourself if you or a friend want to. It depends on the model:

JES1334WD001
JES1334WD01
JES1334WD02
JES1334WD03
JES1334WD04

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.

I looked up parts prices for the -02 verison.

ref # 38 part number WB27X10554 membrane keypad $69.71 here (compared to $112.50 direct from GE!)

ref # 42 part number WB07X11076 complete controller assembly $131.01 here (compared to $196.25 direct from GE!)

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William E. Miller, AS-EET
prototech@usa.net
http://www.microwavedisplay.com
Microwave Oven Control Panel Repair Nationwide

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