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Our ge JVM140 microwave is taking twice as long to heat sounds much slower and the light inside is dimmer. I noticed that the lights in the house have recently been dimming when the a/c comes on too. Could this be the problem or is it the micro?? It's at least 10 years old. Please help if you can.

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I would suggest your AC should be hooked to a separate service wire. If you have too many high powered things on a service wire then you could even cause a fire. do you have a hundred Amp service running your house? if it's a sixty amp it's not strong enough to run an AC. Older homes are not usually set up to run an AC. I feel it's not your microwave.

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On some of these old GE Spacemaker models, there are two long horizontal bolts at the top (R&L corners), accessed behind the upper grill. Remove the grill (four tiny screws), take out the two bolts (flat screw heads) that attach to the rear plate, and your microwave will come right down and out, providing you've removed the three mounting bolts on the top.

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