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Suddenly food doesn't heat

Worked fine yesterday am, clock etc. still operational...the cleaning lady gave it a good scour yesterday pm and now nothing heats up. It seems to me my folks had this happen after using some particular cleaning solution. Does that add up?

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  • rcard7 Sep 02, 2008

    GE Spacemaker microwave quit heating...everything else seems to work on the unit. Also, a bad oder (chemical, burning) eminates from the unit. We also had someone clean it within the past couple of days...not sure what could be wrong.

  • kulvin Sep 02, 2008

    Same above problem on Model # JVM1631BB002

  • Anonymous Sep 03, 2008

    checked fuses and they are good

  • lyw0766 Sep 28, 2008

    The lights and the turntable work but the food isn't heating.

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I have the same problem and have figured out the following:
Most likely it is the magnetron - common problem for GE's. Replacement part list price is around $180 but you can find on ebay for about $80. Replacement is "doable" but tricky because the oven needs to be removed to replace the part. The GE replacement kit part # for magnetron and stirrer is WB27X10489. Expect a service tec to charge at least $200-$225 to make the repair so complete replacement of microwave might make more sennse...unfortunately.

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