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GE JE1540AV Made a loud "pop" sound (not sure if this happened before or after breaker tripped - I'm trying to help an elderly friend). After re-setting the breaker and plugging it back in - it does not sound the same when running, the turntable does not turn, but it still heats. Any ideas where to start?

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The magnetron is bad. Probably cost about $50 or $60 for the part. Not too easy to replace, but it can be done.

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With the symptoms you have, I would most strongly suspect a shorted high voltage rectifier diode or a bad magnetron.

The diode is a fairly cheap fix, and the mag will cost more.

If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical safety information and disassembly information at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa.

There should be a "mini-manual" (tech sheet) hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting, testing, and locating components.

At our Web site, we have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.

Here are some links you or someone you know can use for test help, but read their safety warnings first:

http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/diode.html (if it's not shorted, it's probably okay)
http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/mag_test.html
http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/xformer.html

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

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Posted on Dec 08, 2008

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With the details you described, the high voltage diode might be shorted( usually HVR 1X). It is connected from the Capacitor and the chassis, or else the capacitor is the one at fault,but not common .

Posted on Aug 29, 2009

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Had the same problem. It was the high voltage rectifier. Bought replacement part at Sears online for about $16 (including shipping) and replaced myself. Not too difficult, but you need to be VERY CAREFUL to discharge the capaciter. You can even leave it mounted, while fixing it. Just remove upper plastic vent covering, which exposes the mounting screw for the control panel. Unscrew and slide the panel up to dismount. You will need to disconnect all the wire attachements to the control panel. I took a digital photograph to ensure I could reconnect exactly as it was originally arranged. The part is attached to the capacitor in the back of the unit - MAKE SURE THE CAPACITOR IS DISCHARGED FIRST.

A couple notes:

  • I had read other postings saying that other parts would probably need to be replaced, as their shorting likely caused the failure of this part. However, I traced the shorting to excess moisture - my wife was boiling a lot of pasta on the stove for an event. Once dried out, the short was gone.
  • The replacement piece is shaped a little differently and can obscure the internal fan. This can cause the unit to overheat and the circuit breaker to fail, which I found out the hard way (a much more difficult--yet still unexpensive--repair). I used some electrical tape to make sure it stayed out of the way.
It has been about two months since the repair and it is working well.

Posted on Dec 26, 2009

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