Question about GE JE2160 Microwave Oven
The magnetron will not cause it to trip the breaker. Shorted High Voltage capacitor, or transformer, or bad door switches more likely at fault.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: ge spacemaker microwave jvm/1650
Mmmm it's so easy,
First disconect the power, take the cover off, moslitly there would be 5 screws and two tab's on the top.
inside on the right hand side the magnetron it's a sylver box measuring about 4 in x 4 in x 5 in. It will have a plasic cover moslitly that would have to be remove first then on the magnetron there is 4 crews and one connector.
It should fall downard after.
If you have a power supply after the secondary , that may also be your problem.
Posted on Jan 22, 2008
The problem may not have anything to do with the magnetron.
It is a device that uses DC for operation and to supply that, there is one or more heavy diodes that are more likely to fail first.
Have also seen the transformers fail occasionally too.
Frankly, it may be time to dispose of it since you will likely be billed for the repair if the magnetron is not at fault and once they have it, you don't know if the truth is being told or not.
Another possibility is a circuit breaker on its way to the grave.
If you care to go to the trouble, you might shut down the main breaker in the breaker box, swap the tripping breaker with another of the same rating and try the microwave one more time.
The surge current the microwave draws is probably a good bit higher than the hair dryer and might be enough to trip an aged breaker.
Posted on Mar 27, 2008
SOURCE: GE Spacesaver microwave question
A microwave should always be on its own breaker to prevent the breaker's being tripped. If that happens too often it can wear out the breaker and/or the outlet. But that won't damage your magnetron.
I would say one of three parts has failed, the high voltage rectifier diode, the magnetron, or the high voltage transformer.
Here are some links you or someone you know can use for testing (in order given) for test help, but read the safety warnings first:
http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/diode.html (if it is NOT shorted, it's probably fine)
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 & testing.
You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.
If it's the magnetron, and it's within the magnetron portion of the warranty (usually 5-9 years) but out of the original full warranty (usually 1 year), then your manufacturer will cover the part cost, but not the cost to visit you or the labor charge to do the work.
Some manufacturers will send you the magnetron to do it yourself. If nothing else, you can save about $75 by taking it to the shop yourself.
If so, the installation instructions are very handy, and it's best to have two people since the microwave can be heavy and awkward.
You can download GE owner's manuals and installation instructions here.
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Posted on Oct 22, 2008
I think its the mag tube, mine went out the same way. GE will provide the mag tube for free just call them...have a local ge certified tech out to put it in.
Posted on May 14, 2009
SOURCE: dead microwave
There are replacable fuses inside. Taking the microwave apart requires removal of a lot of screws and the cover that can be rather bulky. make sure it's unplugged and safe before you begin. you can get replacement fuses at radio shack, ect. be sure to buy the same type and amperage. if the blow a second time there may be other issues.
Posted on May 27, 2009
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