Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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Fire in microwave

Microwave will not power up. control panel not lit at all. verified power to outlet, and replaced 2 20A fuses. still no power to appliance. if an interlock tripped (flame or high temp), would it automatically reset or does the interlock need to be replaced?

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    William Miller May 11, 2010

    An interlock is a door switch.

    It sounds like you may mean a thermal cutout or thermal fuse (which does not reset) or a thermostat which does reset.

    Assuming you have a model JVM1640 (if not, please reply back with your model number), then yours has thermostats, but they won't reset if they have failed.

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

    If you still need help, please reply back with your brand and full model number.




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Seems like I've answered this one, too.

Two 20A fuses?? In a recent GE?

The interlock is a door switch, not a thermostat or thermal fuse. A thermostat will reset (unless defective) but thermal cutouts and thermal fuses are one-time devices.

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: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383

NOTE: There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting.

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

William E. Miller, AS-EET
prototech@usa.net
http://www.microwavedisplay.com

Posted on May 24, 2008

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