Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven
F3 means you have a shorted membrane keypad.
It all depends on the full model number, but on some, the keypads can be replaced separately, and on other models, it only comes with a new control panel frame.
Replacing this as an assembly is actually a pretty easy do it yourself job.
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.
Next, disconnect the keypad strip as shown in the photo below, then remove the screws that hold your circuit board in the old frame.
Then carefully (since the display is made of glass) move your circuit board to the new frame, and reassembly is the reverse of disassembly.
You can get the control panel assembly here.
You can also find helpful exploded view diagrams at that link.
Just enter your full model number without any dashes.
If the keypad must be replaced on the existing frame, it's a much harder job. I have uploaded a handy guide with pictures showing you what's typically involved.
We do that job for $39.95 plus part cost and shipping.
Feel free to contact me directly (and please remind me of your full model number) for more DIY help or a free estimate.
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William E. "Ed" Miller, AS-EET
Posted on Jul 11, 2010
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Control displaying F3 E0:
There may be a problem with the Oven Temperature Sensor, or the associated wiring.
Power unit down by turning off the circuit breaker(s) for one (1) minute.
Power unit up by turning on the circuit breaker(s).
Monitor the oven for one (1) minute to ensure the error code does not display again.
Verify oven operation.
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F3 error in your GE microwave
means that the keypad/touchpad is bad and should be replaced. However, before
replacing it you can follow these step by step instructions to clean the
touchpad assembly and see if it works:
1) Unplug microwave
2) Remove two small screws from upper face plate
3) Remove screw on upper side of control panel
4) Life panel and pull out
5) Identify flat tape-like harness connecting circuit card to keypad
6) Wipe down harness with an all-purpose wipe
7) Use hairdryer to dry remaining leftover moisture
8) After this put the keypad back
if its not solved then replace it.
Hope this helps...please post back
for further assistance.
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