Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

1 Answer

My microwave started making a humming noise and won't work. The light doesn't come on either. I've tried unplugging it and plugging into a different outlet. Still doesn't work. It's getting power - the clock works. It's a GE Spacesaver XL1800. Any solutions?

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • GE Master
  • 9,047 Answers

If it's humming all the time, it may be a bad electrolytic capacitor on the control circuit board. We repair these all the time for $39.95 postpaid.

I'd first make sure it's not cooking when it's supposed to be off.

Just put a cup of water in it, shut the door, and let it set for a minute. Then see if the water's warmer.

If it is warmer, unplug the oven until it's fixed. That's probably a shorted relay on the control board, which we can also fix.

If it is not warmer, I'd bet you need the control circuit board repaired or replaced.

At our Web site, you can get details of our service, plus we have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.

If you want to check the price of a new circuit board, enter your full model number here.

Let me know if I can help you further.

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

Posted on Aug 23, 2010

1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Magic Chef MCO153UBF microwave

There are two things that come to mind, the magnetron is starting to fail, or the strapping has come loose on the fan motor housing, unplug microwave oven and remove top, [several screws] carefully inspect the fan for any loose mounts and tighten.

Jun 09, 2012 | Magic Chef Microwave Ovens

1 Answer

Microwave buzzes when off

This is the power transformer humming, sometimes when transformers get older you get vibrations in the windings due to magnetic fields generated within the transformer which causes the humming noise, It's more annoying than anything and won't affect the operation of the microwave.

Mar 06, 2012 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

1 Answer

Hi when i set the microwave at 100 watts for 1 min it starts and stops working by itself when timer reaches 38 sec and it also dosent make the beeping sound in the end.please help

The first thing I would suggest is a hard reset. Unplug the unit for a minute or so. Then plug it back in, set the clock and try again.

If that doesn't work, leave it unplugged for about 5 minutes and try again.

Aug 31, 2011 | Bosch HMT9656GB Microwave Oven

1 Answer

Microwave is making humming noise and started to smoke and stop working

sounds like the fan inside oven seized, causing the smoke and popped the internal fuse. If you have any appliance repair shops around, they should be able to fix it for you cheaper than replacing the entire unit. Make sure you leave it unplugged, I know thats abvious but had to mention. Good Luck!

Apr 18, 2011 | LG LMV1630ST Microwave Oven

1 Answer

Our KitchenAid microwave works well, heats food, etc., but makes a constant loud and annoying humming noise (close in frequency and tone to the hum of cold fluorescent tubes) even when not in use. When...

hi it could be a bad neutral connection on your plug or inside on your high voltage transformer check the plug for burning and try plugging it in a different socket

Mar 17, 2011 | KitchenAid KHMS155LSS 1000 Watts Microwave...

1 Answer

Contant humming noise, even when not in use have to unplug in order to stop the sound.

The constant humming noise you hear when the microwave is plugged-in but not running is caused by the Low Voltage Transformer, which is located inside the back wall of the outer cabinet on the left side. If the microwave is working properly otherwise, there is no hazard, just the annoying noise.

To access the transformer, the microwave must be taken down and the outer cover removed. The transformer is held to the back wall of the cabinet with four screws, and there are two sets of leads with pull-apart connectors. The noise is the result of 60hz vibration being transmitted to the sheet metal from the transformer which may not have been sufficiently "potted" or otherwise mechanically isolated when manufactured. You can either replace the transformer or try wedging some thin rubber or other material between the transformer and the sheet metal to quiet the noise. Just be careful to not damage the windings!

Oct 31, 2010 | KitchenAid KHMS155LSS 1000 Watts Microwave...

1 Answer

I replaced the light bulb, now it displays -F6- and pushing any button causes a humming noise.

I left the unit unplugged over night, plugged it back in the next day and still had the same problem.

Oct 13, 2008 | Roper Microwave Ovens

1 Answer

Humming sound when off

I also have the same microwave model and with the same problem. It is not quite 2 years old. I have a service call scheduled but did e-mail customer service at Whirlpool to inform them of this. Sounds like it could be defective model and a fire hazard. You should also inform them of yours.

May 15, 2008 | Whirlpool MH3184XP Microwave Oven

Not finding what you are looking for?
GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven Logo

105 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top GE Microwave Ovens Experts

D. E. Hev

Level 3 Expert

1167 Answers


Level 2 Expert

115 Answers

Shekar Avadhani

Level 2 Expert

61 Answers

Are you a GE Microwave Oven Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides