Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven
The Microwave's "Magnetron" is what heats things up. This is true for all Microwave's. The magnetron is normally on the left and sends excited electrons across the interior. Those electrons bounce around inside until their energy is spent.These excited electron 'waves' are slightly larger than the hole openings in the front door glass panel black grid. Usually, when a magnetron goes you would see and hear some popping and witness some arcing inside the interior. However, you may not have been nearby when this happened. Since you heard popping behind the control panel, you probably have electronic failure in the control panel and that failure may have been precipitated by the magnetron or not. In any case, it is very dangerous to disassemble a Microwave and access the magnetron unless you are trained and have been qualified to do this.
With the cost of Microwaves having stabilized and also being quite low compared to 20 years ago, I would take it to a warranty service provider in your area that also sells them, such as Home Depot for example. That way, if it is too costly to repair compared to a replacement cost you can shop for a new one and may even get a discount should you ask them to give you one.
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You can phone or write this address below for questions regarding your warranty or warranty repairs. Othewise, you can shop online for a replacement at homedepot.com or sears.com
Posted on May 25, 2008
I have a kenmore elite microwave and it keeps giving an F9 error message. what does this mean? need help it won't heat
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