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I keep getting the F3 message, trying unplugging and plugging in, still does not work

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F3 on a GE / Hotpoint microwave means you have a shorted membrane keypad.

If you (or someone you know) might want to replace it yourself, and the keypad is available for your model as a separate part, I have uploaded a handy guide with pictures showing you what's typically involved.

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

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.

If you would like to have us do this repair for you, we do that for $39.95 plus part costs nationwide.

But please note that for some GE models, the membrane keypad is not available as a separate part, so you would have to order the control panel frame assembly which comes with a new keypad.

In this case, you simply move your circuit board into the new frame.
That is a simple do-it-yourself job.

Please feel free to contact me directly with your full model number and we can tell you if yours is one of these models, and if so, we'll also give you the part number you need to order and a link to the best priced supplier.

Either way, we can let you know what your options and costs would be and send you other helpful info.

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.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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

Posted on Jul 11, 2010

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Hold a blowdryer in the corner of the keypad then slowly move it down as you peel it back (but not off). Take a sponge with the tiniest bit of dish soap and run it over both the sticky part (back of the circuits) and the place it is stuck to. Blowdry this til touchably dry and then reapply the kaypad face. Wait about 10 minutes until you plug in again for it to cool off.

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