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Ge spacemaker microwave

My 3 year Ge spacemaker microwave is cutting off during cooking time. I reset the time and date and try to cook for any amount of time and it cuts off after 2 seconds. Is this something that can be repaired?

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  • Anonymous Jun 06, 2008

    same problem...regardless of power setting...light seems to flicker then dispalys all kinds of crazy characters on display until reset

  • Anonymous Jun 11, 2008

    I had the same problem with the power cutting out. I reset the clock and 2 seconds into cooking it cuts out again!

  • Anonymous Jun 16, 2008

    Same problem. Mine was manufactured aug, 2004. Looking for a soultion. You have to have microwave these days.

  • jsurace Jul 25, 2008

    our GE microwave dies competely after about 2 min and will reset after a few minutes. is there a breaker somewhere.

  • chickie2465 Jul 26, 2008

    I have been having the same problem with my microwave. Oddly enough, I put a glass bowl with about 1/2 cup of water inside the microwave on the wire rack, and this prevents it fromm shutting off after two seconds. But when the water has evaporated, it starts doing it again. Go figure.I'm still hoping to find a permanent solution, but until then, I will keep using my bowl.

  • Tazina Jul 31, 2008

    My microwave is having the same problem. What parts are needed and where do I purchase the parts?

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Sadly, we hear of this over and over.

This is usually due to a defective or loose magnetron causing electrical interference and disruption in the control circuit board.

If your magnetron was recently replaced, it may have loose mounting nuts or bolts or maybe the wire mesh RF gasket was not installed or got pinched.

It may also need a new high-voltage diode and stirrer, and the cavity may be affected.

Details are in a bulletin at http://207.234.249.73/mwd/ge_mw_mag_kit_bulletin.pdf

Even if your model is not on the list, the same problem can occur, requiring a kit.

The parts kit is similar to this one: http://207.234.249.73/mwd/wb27x10489_ge_mag_stir_kit.jpg

(Your model may use a different kit - this is shown for illustration purposes only).

If you or someone you know decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

There should also be a "mini-manual" hidden inside the unit behind the control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is very helpful when troubleshooting.

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

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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