Question about GE JE2160 Microwave Oven
When I open the door of the microwave the circuit breaker for the wall socket into which the microwave is plugged pops. This also happens if I have the microwave door opened with it unplugged and then plug it into the wall outlet. If I start with the microwave unplugged, and the door closed, then plug it into the wall and turn it on without ever opening the door it works fine. After reading a bunch of your problem diagnosis (and safety warnings) this sounds like a door or other interlock switch problem. I have removed the cover of the microwave, and know how to replace any/all of the switches. What I am not clear on is, if there is a bad switch in the unit, why would it cause a breaker to pop instead of just keeping the magnetron or the entire unit from coming on? I can't see any evidenc of any arcing or any burned smell on any of the wiring.
It does sound odd for it to blow the breaker. It should blow the fuse, not the breaker. But looking at the exploded view diagram, I don't even see a fuse! Makes me wonder if this is some foreign model. *grin* In any event, you will need to replace all the door switches since they all have been stressed by the same overcurrent. Also be sure that all the switch mount and door latch parts are activating properly when you open and close the door. The switches (generic replacements) are widely available from local appliance parts stores. If you need any other parts, you can see an exploded view and parts list here: http://www.geappliances.com/shop/prts/
Posted on Dec 17, 2006
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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