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I have a GE microwave model JE1860SB 001 that is 10 years old. For the past year it intermittently fails in the following way. When it is heating for a little while the oven light gets very dim and the sound of the microwave changes. Stopping and starting the microwave usually fixes the problem. This happens at various power levels.

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  • chrismigdal Dec 31, 2010

    I had considered a new unit but the problem is that the microwave is built in and newer models are a different size, so putting in a new unit is a fair bit of work. Since the microwave is in cosmetically great shape, I was hoping to get it repaired.

    Is there a way to determine if the problem is the magnetron or something else ?

    Thanks

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Sorry to read about your problem, I hope this helps you out.

sounds like you may have a defective magnetron, or another failure. due to the age and parts availability. you may think about a new unit.

Microwaves must be serviced by technicians due to the inherent dangers involved in repairing these appliances. Internal capacitors can retain a lethal electrical charge even though the unit is completely unplugged. A microwave radiation leakage test must be performed on the unit following any internal component repair.

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    Barrett Palumbo Dec 31, 2010

    a service company, can figure that out.. the big problem is getting parts..the factory's provide a 5 year window on parts..that's the issue... to pay 60.00 to 125.00 for a service call to find out no parts for the unit..

  • Barrett Palumbo
    Barrett Palumbo Dec 31, 2010

    i forgot you can contact ge for a replacement size

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