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I own a GE profile spacemaker jvm1490. When the door is closed there is a running noise. It stops if the door is pulled slightly. It also makes this noise when the microwave is in cook or reheat mode. This has been happening on and off for the past year. Does not affect operation but very annoying.

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We have a sound clip of what a microwave should sound like when the cooling fan and high voltage section are working.

You may have a shorted cooling fan relay on the control circuit board.

We regularly repair these control units for customers nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid with a one-year guarantee.

Or you can order a whole new control circuit board (smart board) here.

Feel free to contact me directly (and please include your full model number from the tag in or on the unit) for a free estimate and free tips & do-it-yourself advice.

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

Posted on Aug 22, 2010

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If it goes dead or blows the breaker or GFI when you plug it in or open or close the door, then there's a problem with a door switch or door switch mount.

Even though a door switch clicks, it may still be bad inside. Its continuity must be checked.

Door switch or mount trouble can be caused by slamming the door or by opening the door while it's cooking without hitting the Stop pad first.

There are plastic mounts inside the microwave which hold the door switches and onto which the door latches lock when you close the door.

The screws on these mounts may be loose. If they get too loose, the switches will not be activated properly.

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If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa:.

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

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