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The microwave started making a strange sound after running for 5 seconds and it is no longer warming things up

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I would try troubleshooting the "defrost circuit". The behavior sounds like the microwave is cooking in the defrost mode, where it actively cooks then stops allowing the food to rotate and the heat to spread then actively cooking again.

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Our Whirlpool over the range microwave makes a clicking sound for a few seconds then shuts the microwave off. The microwave is unusable. The sound seems to be coming from the control panel.


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Assuming nothing's loose (such as from past repair attempt) then it may be the magnetron failing.

Your best bet is to keep using but (as always) do not leave it unattended while it's running.

Then if things get worse in some way, that would be a harder failure that can be assessed more easily.

If you are close to the end of the warranty period (1 year parts & labor or 9-year magnetron, e.g.) I would not wait past then.

GE Customer Service is here if you would prefer service now and want to find your nearest GE-authorized servicer.

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

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