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Heating Problem My Ge Spacemaker Microwave will only heat for about 6 minutes and abruptly turns off completely, I have to sit and wait for it to turn back on, which takes about 15 minutes, in order to resume heating, this is a problem because if I am making a few bags of popcorn or something I can only do about 1 and a half before it shuts off.

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  • hebertnola Jul 01, 2008

    GE Spacemaker December 2005. Same problem. Shuts down after 5-6 min of use. Have to wait about 15 min to use again. My former Spacemaker lasted 10 years. (Lost in Hurricane Katrina). We only use the microwave to "heat up" and pop popcorn. I thought it would last longer than 2 1/2 years.

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This means your magnetron is overheating, and the magnetron thermostat is doing its job - killing the power to prevent more damage to your magnetron.

This is usually caused by the magnetron itself being bad and overheating, or a failure of the internal cooling fan, allowing it to overheat.

If you or someone you know wants to look into this, we have critical safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info 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 & testing.

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

If the magnetron is bad 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.

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

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