Like the heading states, the micro burst into flames earlier today. Flames inside the unit coming from the panel on the side. Not the food or containers. No metal or foil, just flames from the inside of the unit into the the interior.
Only 8 months old, manufactured in May 2005
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Re: Microwave burst into flames
That panel is called the waveguide cover. Its purpose is to protect the wavegudie and the magnetron from grease and food particles.
When grease and/or food particles build up, they arc and spark.
If it is not too damaged, it can be removed, cleaned, and reinstalled. You should also clean just inside the opening (waveguide) with a damp cloth, but be careful of the sharp edges.
If it is too damaged, it will need to be replaced or the magnetron will eventually be damaged.
If you can't get parts for this brand you can cut a new one out of waveguide material. I would take the old cover to an appliance parts store in your area.
Once it is done, be sure to keep the cover clean.
A sample photo of a waveguide cover is attached.
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I'm not sure about your question, if it is an ordinary ELECTRIC microwave oven you are not suppose to smell GAS although you could smell ION gas if the high voltage is leaking trough the insulator this means STOP USING IT and have it checked by a professional it could burst into flames... or it could be food leftover burning inside the chamber...
Chances are the flames opened the oven cavity TCO, which acts as a flame sensor.
should be a "mini-manual" (tech sheet) hidden inside the unit
control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, which is
very helpful when troubleshooting, testing, and locating components.
our Web site, we have a video
available showing how to remove a typical
over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.
You can also find
helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full
model number here.
Accessing some components (cavity TCO) for testing and possible replacement will require you to remove the oven from the wall.
so, the installation instructions are very handy, and it's best to have
two people since the microwave can be heavy and awkward.
You can download GE
owner's manuals and installation instructions here.
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micro switch is bad .remove top vent cover 4 screws,after removing plastic vent panel you will see 1 screw above display time window,remove this screw and lift up the complete button time control panel slightly and pull towards you to remove.there are 2 connections on this panel 1 is a 12 pin connector and a 2 pin power connection remove both put control panel aside.now there are 3 micro switches where the door pins close into the oven lock,remove 2 screws that hold the micro switch housing,on the bottom of housing you will see a small clip gently pull to the right and push back to remove .there are 2 switches on bottom of it and 1 on top. the 1 on top is normally open and closes when door is shut but like mine it stayed open and resulted in (light s display but no turntable)soon as i replaced upper microswitch it runs perfect.i hope this helps .MODEL MV1501W GOLDSTAR
this is unsual but yes you can file a complaint to the manufacturer, but it will take time to figure out what is the prob, and might take more investigation, isuggest dont use this anymore and change w another one
You probably have a burnt wave guide cover. Look inside the microwave either on the side or on the top, it's a square piece of mica board, and you should see a burnt spot on it. You should be able to replace it fairly easy with the model number I can check on a replacement for you.