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GE Spacemaker beeps every five minutes

Our GE Spacemaker II started beeping every five minutes today. I've tried unplugging it and letting it sit for a few minutes to try to reset it, but that hasn't helped. Is there anything else I can try? It's making me too conscious of the passage of time!

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  • ktharp May 10, 2008

    I'm so glad you asked this question. I could not remember where I had posted my question, so I couldn't come back to tell everyone what the result was. This is embarrassing, but true. My wife's cell phone was on the counter directly below the microwave. She had missed a call, so it was beeping every five minutes to let her know. The beep of the cell phone was exactly the same pitch and duration as the microwave's beep.

    I finally figured it out when I unplugged the microwave to let it reset but the beep kept occurring. Sorry for any consternation that this caused anyone.

  • Anonymous May 11, 2008

    Yes. I have the same problem. In the midddle of the night the microwave start
    beeping and could not stop. I unplugged the cord, but when reconnected start doing the same thing. My microwave is 2 year old. But I have a code: F 3. I have called GE customer service and they said that only the technicians can resolve this problem because is out of warranty.

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    Is there any unusual code or mode shown on the display?



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To Guest:

F3 means you a defective membrane keypad.

We repair these for $39.95 plus parts or it's not too big a job for a DIYer.

If you or someone you know wants to look into this, we have *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa:

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

There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel, which is very helpful when troubleshooting.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you need more help.

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

William E. Miller, AS-EET

Posted on May 11, 2008


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