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  • jlmasanzdc Nov 10, 2010

    I don't know what you're talking about as my question had nothing to do with a microwave oven. I don't even own one. I figured out my problem by myself. I am unlikely to use your service again.

  • jlmasanzdc Nov 10, 2010

    It's not a big deal. It was my first time using the site and I was unaware I was posting under a certain category. I'm not angry and was just in a hurry.

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2 slices of bread wrapped in paper towel microwave set on defrost set 35 seconds caught fire


Microwaves work by friction. They blast water molecules in the food so they move fast, just like rubbing your hands together makes them hot. Some types of microwave in defrost mode actually apply FULL POWER for a short period of time so to make the product warm to the touch. This heat then penetrates down to the core of the food, ensuring full defrost. In your case the heat was sufficient enough to heat the dry paper towel to set it on fire.
Bread is better defrosted on the low power setting as sliced bread is very thin. Items should only be defrosted on the defrost setting that are thick and need to be completely defrosted on the inside. Remember microwaves only penetrate the surface of food, making that hot. Thermal conduction does the rest.
You should never use paper towels in a microwave unless the instructions for doing the food say so. You wouldn't put a paper towel in a gas or electric oven, so don't put them in a microwave.

Feb 18, 2016 | In Microwave Ovens

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I have a GE SpacemakerXL model JVM1350BW. It does does heat uo. The interior light, surface light,fan,clock,timer all work normallly. When I hit start, the time starts going down but the ovn does not turn...


Sound like a magnetron go to bad; here are the steps we took to replace it

Warning: You are not an electrician or repairman, following steps are from my experience. You should be careful while handling capacitor and other parts.

Unplug Microwave at least few hours before
Remove Microwave from above oven range by somebody holding Microwave from ground unscrew the screws from cabinet
Remove top cover of Microwave
Make sure to keep screws correctly in a place you remember what goes where
Make sure capacitor is discharged, GE manual inside Microwave says capacitor will discharge within 30 seconds once it is off. As a precaution check the voltage in capacitor to make sure there is no electricity
Remove other panels around magnetron part
You need to remove lot of connecting wires, should be careful to note down what goes where
If possible take digital photos to refer back when you put everything back together
You may need to remove transformer to easily remove and replace Magnetron. If you can't remove Magnetron easily then remove bottom panel of the Microwave and remove transformer
Now it should be easy to remove magnetron
Replace new magnetron and screw it. We had to put one outside part from old magnetron to new one because new one was missing that. Check to make sure both old and new one are exactly the same
Make sure put all wires properly back
Now put transformer back and screw it
Put capacitor panel in place and screw it
This might be a good time to test the Microwave to make sure it works fine now
Now cover the top panels and start to screw everything
Once everything assembled put the Microwave back above range put screws from top


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Microwave Front and inside


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Magnetron and transformer


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Magnetron cover

Hope this helps (remember to rating this free answer).

Oct 10, 2011 | GE JVM1350BW/WW/AW/SY Microwave Oven

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Won't heat any foods.


you have a problem with your magnetron tube, and when the magnetron tube goes bad, the diode almost always goes out with it. you should be able to order a replacement tube from your manufacturers website, if you cant let me know and ill try to help you more.

here are the steps to replace the magnetron tube, if you want to do it yourself that is. if you have a professional do it, it can be pretty costly.
  1. Unplug Microwave at least few hours before
  2. Remove Microwave from above oven range by somebody holding Microwave from ground unscrew the screws from cabinet
  3. Remove top cover of Microwave
  4. Make sure to keep screws correctly in a place you remember what goes where
  5. Make sure capacitor is discharged, GE manual inside Microwave says capacitor will discharge within 30 seconds once it is off. As a precaution check the voltage in capacitor to make sure there is no electricity
  6. Remove other panels around magnetron part
  7. You need to remove lot of connecting wires, should be careful to note down what goes where
  8. If possible take digital photos to refer back when you put everything back together
  9. You may need to remove transformer to easily remove and replace Magnetron. If you can't remove Magnetron easily then remove bottom panel of the Microwave and remove transformer
  10. Now it should be easy to remove magnetron
  11. Replace new magnetron and screw it. We had to put one outside part from old magnetron to new one because new one was missing that. Check to make sure both old and new one are exactly the same
  12. Make sure put all wires properly back
  13. Now put transformer back and screw it
  14. Put capacitor panel in place and screw it
  15. This might be a good time to test the Microwave to make sure it works fine now
  16. Now cover the top panels and start to screw everything
  17. Once everything assembled put the Microwave back above range put screws from top

Dec 07, 2010 | Whirlpool MH7140XF Microwave Oven

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I have a GE Spacemaker Microwave, Model # JVM165OCB006 Serial # TF900232B Manufactured 10/2003. Runs,turntable,light,timer etc but will not heat. Is it worth fixing?


it is mostly fault of magnetron tube inside Microwave. ge has a 10 year warrenty on this part and they can fix it for you for 200$ OR you can order the part from the web and install it yourself. when the magnetron goes out, the diode almost always goes out too so you'll need another of those too. so if you dont want to replace these then buy a new one if not the the steps to repairing are:

  1. Unplug Microwave at least few hours before
  2. Remove Microwave from above oven range by somebody holding Microwave from ground unscrew the screws from cabinet
  3. Remove top cover of Microwave
  4. Make sure to keep screws correctly in a place you remember what goes where
  5. Make sure capacitor is discharged, GE manual inside Microwave says capacitor will discharge within 30 seconds once it is off. As a precaution check the voltage in capacitor to make sure there is no electricity
  6. Remove other panels around magnetron part
  7. You need to remove lot of connecting wires, should be careful to note down what goes where
  8. If possible take digital photos to refer back when you put everything back together
  9. You may need to remove transformer to easily remove and replace Magnetron. If you can't remove Magnetron easily then remove bottom panel of the Microwave and remove transformer
  10. Now it should be easy to remove magnetron
  11. Replace new magnetron and screw it. We had to put one outside part from old magnetron to new one because new one was missing that. Check to make sure both old and new one are exactly the same
  12. Make sure put all wires properly back
  13. Now put transformer back and screw it
  14. Put capacitor panel in place and screw it
  15. This might be a good time to test the Microwave to make sure it works fine now
  16. Now cover the top panels and start to screw everything
  17. Once everything assembled put the Microwave back above range put screws from top

Dec 05, 2010 | GE Microwave Ovens

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I have a GE Spacemaker and it is about 9 yrs. old. Sometines it heats; other times it doesn't. I change settings and sometimes that works. Is this something that can be repaired or is this a sign I need...


When the microwave is not heating, that means the magnetron is not working. This is what provides the heat to the microwave. I do believe the magnetron has a 10 year warranty.

If you wish to replace it, here is how:

  1. Unplug Microwave at least few hours before
  2. Remove Microwave from above oven range by somebody holding Microwave from ground unscrew the screws from cabinet
  3. Remove top cover of Microwave
  4. Make sure to keep screws correctly in a place you remember what goes where
  5. Make sure capacitor is discharged, GE manual inside Microwave says capacitor will discharge within 30 seconds once it is off. As a precaution check the voltage in capacitor to make sure there is no electricity
  6. Remove other panels around magnetron part
  7. You need to remove lot of connecting wires, should be careful to note down what goes where
  8. If possible take digital photos to refer back when you put everything back together
  9. You may need to remove transformer to easily remove and replace Magnetron. If you can't remove Magnetron easily then remove bottom panel of the Microwave and remove transformer
  10. Now it should be easy to remove magnetron
  11. Replace new magnetron and screw it. We had to put one outside part from old magnetron to new one because new one was missing that. Check to make sure both old and new one are exactly the same
  12. Make sure put all wires properly back
  13. Now put transformer back and screw it
  14. Put capacitor panel in place and screw it
  15. This might be a good time to test the Microwave to make sure it works fine now
  16. Now cover the top panels and start to screw everything
  17. Once everything assembled put the Microwave back above range put screws from top
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Sep 02, 2010 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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How can i replace a schneider microwave oven light bulb - the light which comes on when the oven is operating?


Take the outer casing off, just remember there is one security screw from the eight you take out. once you have done that then there is a metal sheild around the bulb holder 2 further philips screws to take then just replace the bulb and re assemble, note the cover is like tongue and groove to get back on so make sure you line them up before screwing back together.

Feb 01, 2010 | Kenmore 63672 Convection/Microwave Oven

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Motor runs but does not heat food


I'd say don't play with your microwave. These things can cause you a nasty injury or death if you don't put them back together correctly.

Service technicians have a tool to measure leaking microwave levels after the put them back together.

Your best choice is to get it professionally repaired if it is an expensive model or just get rid of it and buy a new one.

I don't suppose it is still under warenty.

Oct 04, 2009 | GE Monogram ZE2160SF Convection /...

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It suddenly will not turn on. The breaker is ok. It is an M-170, about 11 years old.


Have you tried it in a different power outlet?
Or just try some thing else like a lamp or a toaster in that power outlet.

Have a look around the where the power cord goes in. Is there a fuse or something like that you can see?

Apart from that my advice for Microwave Ovens is "No User Serviceable Parts Inside" If you open it up and don't put it back together correctly you can cause yourself serious injury or death. Microwave repair people have a tool to check for microwave leaks after they put it back together. If you got 11 years out of it you have done OK

Treat yourself to a new one. :)

Aug 15, 2009 | Microwave Ovens

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Can't get handle off to replace


I am not sure if I can picture the problem but I do know that if they put it together, it can be taken apart. I usually fall back on that. It just takes a lot of studying how the thing is put together. If they put the glass in, it can be taken out. And as a last resort, i would just call the store where I got it or else type into your search engine something like the following---- (your brand of microwave and the model) disassembly of door--------or------replace handle on my (brand and model). Ought to give some answers.

Apr 17, 2009 | GE JVM1630 Microwave Oven

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