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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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.
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Posted on Oct 20, 2008
Magnetron is done. This part heats the food. GE microwaves tend to have them stop working quite frequently. They basically make up the majority of the cost of the microwave, so instead of replacing the magnetron, you would be better off getting a new microwave.
Posted on Jul 15, 2009
SOURCE: No heat in microwave.
The humming can be caused by a couple of bad parts. Usually it's the magnetron tube, the microwave source. They often fail by shorting out, and the loud hum from the power supply is what you hear. Another part called the HV diode may also have shorted, but the magnetron is more common.
A bad magnetron can be replaced, but it's a costly part. And microwave service should be left to a professional, because there are dangerous voltages under the cover and a chance of microwave leakage if repairs aren't done correctly. Between the part and labor costs, it might be more economical to replace the oven. Let a qualified servicer give you a repair estimate and then decide.
Posted on Jan 09, 2011
SOURCE: Problem with the GE Advantium
sounds like the magnetron. Youll have to have a technician replace it. if you have a warranty just call the company and they should take care of you.
Posted on Jan 29, 2011
Tips for a great answer:
It sounds like the magnetron may have
either failed or is not being supplied with the extremely high
voltage required to run it.
Make sure the !!!!capacitor is discharged!!!!! before attempting any sort of repair.
Check the door interlock switches first then the high voltage diode with either an AVO model 8 on high resistance range for short circuit, the capacitor can fail and go short circuit, the feed fuse on the primary of the high voltage transformer and then finally, the magnetron is best checked by substitution.
Hope that helps.
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