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My JES831 makes a super loud noise when operating. It seems to heat okay. I recently moved out of state and it worked perfectly (quietly) before the move, but upon arrival at my new place - it sounds like a Mack truck sitting on my countertop. Does this sound like a fixable problem?

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SOURCE: no heat

It is most likely a door switch, or a magnetron with a loose connection or a failing magnetron. If you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info (as well as a text file which helps in diagnosing and repairing door switch problems) at our site, which is linked at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number (without the suffix) here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383 If you still need help, please write back letting us know what you checked and what you found.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007

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SOURCE: XL1800 still works fine but makes a lot of noise while on.

It may be the stirrer in the ceiling area.

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

If you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site, which is linked at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

Posted on Nov 22, 2007

SOURCE: constant rattling noise during operation

possibly the "stirrer" motor - this is in the top and turns a metal reflecting ring to disperse the microwaves around the oven more evenly. About $70 on GE site for my oven.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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SOURCE: Microwave not heating food and is making loud noise.

You have burned out the magnatron (heating element) which is common on GE microwaves. most service companies will charge about 200-250 to replace it

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

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SOURCE: My GE spacemaker microwave won't heat and makes an unusual sound

I have the same problem on my oven- model JVM1640WB and called an appliance repairman who is honest and reliable (I've used him before). He said the problem is with the electrode, to fix it is roughly $300. He recommended buying a new microwave rather than fixing it.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009

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