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Ge JVM1190 appears to be working but does not cook.

I placed a microwaveable plate of bacon wrapped in paper towels in my GE JVM1190 microwave and pressed time cook for 4 minutes just like I have always done. When the microwave beeped after the 4 minutes the bacon was still completely cold and uncooked.

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  • ruhlmail Sep 02, 2008

    When I hit Start the inside light comes on and the microwave makes the regular noise that it makes when it is cooking. It is not louder or quieter and there are no unusual noises.

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    When you hit Start to cook, do the inside light and turntable come on?

    Any unusual noises?

    Is it louder or quieter than usual?



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I spoke with a qualified microwave technician who advised me to buy a new microwave as the problem I was having indicated that the magnetron tube had blown. What a waste of time to ask for help from you.

Posted on Sep 03, 2008


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(Does your manual suggest putting a half-cup of water in the unit when cooking bacon or popcorn?)

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