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F3 light comes on the front panel and microwave does not work

Out of the blue this started. It is getting electricity b/c inside light comes on but keypad does not work and mic doesn't come on. We did lose power for a short while the other day but the mic worked for a day or so before this started. GE said to try to reboot it - we have and it doesn;t work. It is spacemaker XL - (manuf. Feb2000) Model# JVM132OWBOO2. Thanks for any help! Maureen

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  • socmoe Apr 18, 2008

    very helpful - thanks - just don't like the idea that an expensive microwave lasts less than 8 years!! We jsut bought a sharp caroseul for 100 bucks at sears. Maureen

  • Anonymous Jul 12, 2008

    the fan does not come on

  • Anonymous Jul 16, 2008

    We are having this same problem...F3 and nothing on the key pad works, but the inside light does come on...our microwave is less than 2 years old...we had to replace a similar one shortly after we bought our house because it caught on fire when we had a babysitter....I don't think we'll be buying anymore GE products!!!!!

  • msdundas2u Jul 17, 2008

    The F3 light comes on and the technician said that the control panel had broken keys not related to normal wear and tear. It was working fine for the last 8 months then F3 started to flash and the microwave beeps. I am sure it is still under warranty so I will contact GE.

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F3 means a shorted keypad.

On this model (assuming it's JVM1320WB02) the repair cost would run about $115 if we do it for you. We regularly repair these for customer nationwide.

If you prefer to do it yourself, 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.

Full details of our service are at http://www.microwavedisplay.com but if you still have questions, please reply to me directly via my site.

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

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Try first unpluggign power cord for five minutes.

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