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Microwave Model #JVM1630, turns on runs with slightly different sound, bad smell no heat!

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The inverter could be bad, causing the transformer to overheat, and not allowing the magnetron to turn on.
Here is a general troublshooting site that explains how to test components, and discharge the capacitor:
http://www.applianceaid.com/component.html
Pick your full model number at the following website, and you'll get some neat diagrams and parts lists to help:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/modelsearch.aspx?model=JVM1630
Open it up and see what you can see. Either tape off the high voltage capacitor (oval metal cylinder) or discharge it 2 or 3 times, just to be safe. It won't kill you, but it could burn and scare you. Make sure the power's off when you discharge it.
Good luck, and hope this helps.

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