Question about GE Microwave Ovens
I have a GE Spacemaker XL1800. It is nine years old and lightly used. It is making a buzzing noise (just started). It is heating food. The noise sounds like it is coming from the top of the unit where the vent opens when the unit is on.
The manual we have for our Model 1860SD does not depict the unit we have so it is no help at all. As a matter of fact the instructions on how to change the interior light are wrong. I went to GE's online support to see if I could find the correct manual, but it shows the same manual that came with our microwave.
Any help you can provide is appreciated
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It's probably a bad turntable motor or coupler.
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Posted on Jan 13, 2008
My microwave was totally dead. Things I discovered: 1) There is an easily replacable fuse accessed by taking off the top front vent cover (two screws on top, gently massage off) and then the inside plastic grill. UNPLUG before doing this! 2) Pop off two wires on either end of fuse holder for safety. Then pop out fuse and replace. For more extensive help, there is an evelope with a wiring diagram inside the case on the inside wall! Very helpful when diagnosing the surface lamp problem (I forgot to plug the ballast back in when I closed up the bottom).
Posted on May 15, 2008
Always unplug a microwave before removing or installing any bulbs.
If it's an over the range type, remove the vent grille across the top to check if you can access the bulb fromthere. There may be a panel on the bottom covering the light(s), instead.
you may have to remove it from the wall, then remove the outer cover. If so, the installation instructions are very handy,
Once it's out of the wall, the outer cover (wrapper) will need to be removed, just as you'll need to do on a counter top model.
On a counter top model, be sure it's unplugged, but otherwise ignore the instructions above this paragraph.
The screws you need to remove should be pretty obvious, but a special driver (such as a T20H Torx type or GTXH20-100) may be needed.
Be sure to put all the screws back in the right holes, since some may be special grounding screws.
Bulbs can be had in most grocery stores, hardware stores, home improvement centers, and big box or department stores.
Many models use halogen lamps. You must not touch the new one with your bare skin, as the oils will shorten the bulb life.
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Posted on Sep 21, 2008
Your vent flap could be taped or it could be faulty installation not allowing the vent to open. If you take the front vent cover off, you should be able to reach in above the fan unit and gently push the vent flap up, it should move freely with no binding. If it doesn't it is taped or blocked. If it is taped, gently putting upward pressure on the flap might release the tape. If that doesn't work the vent installation is blocking the flap. You might have to remove the unit from the wall (two people to do this) or disassemble the vent duct above the microwave and rework the interface for clearance.
hope this helps,
Posted on Oct 07, 2008
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