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When i push my start button on my GE microwave, i just hear a click and nothing happens. it is 9 years old and was used a lot!

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If there is no heating please do not switch on unless you have confirmed the fault. It is possible that the Magnetron is faulty, the temperature cut off is faulty or the main capacitor is short. It is also quite possible that insect can get into the oven and create soft spots. When you switch on these will create a short and make the voltage jump and in the long run damage the magnetron.
So Remove cover after disconnecting , check for dirt/moisture in the cabin, if so wipe clean and dry, check the magnetron and area clean and use an jet air to clean off.
Make sure that the program controller is working if not check power - step down supply, the pads are responding- if not faulty pads- or the door switches, if contact is not through the microwave will not work.

Now keeping clear of the microwave, switch on, use a cup of water inside to test.
If you notice any sparks shut off as the magnetron or the main HT capacitor can be faulty. replace with same type.
If there is heating without any issues, you can use the microwave safely

http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/mag_test.html

Posted on Apr 01, 2011

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Sadly, we hear of this over and over.

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

If a technician just replaces the magnetron and not the kit, the problem can recur.

It can also happen again if the technician used an old style defective magnetron from his stock that he thought was good to use!

GE Customer Service is here. I'd contact them, and I'd check to see if the servicer saw the bulletin and if he used a NEW style replacement magnetron!

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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