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Microwave My GE JES1039 microwave starts randomly beeping and the controls display reads "F3". The buttons do not work and I then have to unplug it to reset it. I can use it immediately, but it returns to the beeping and "F3" readouts soon. What is wrong?

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  • riffak Feb 11, 2008

    the microwave beeps and shows d1, d2, d3 the model is Sansui WP-D17ALD4, it continues changing from d1 to d2 to d3 no matter what is pressed

  • billy2u Apr 02, 2008

    Had my microwave in storage then keypad won't work and gave me f3 and 4 beeps

  • fitljack May 11, 2008

    everything works all right. it just keeps beeping once every minute. i've done the power off power on thing. i've reset the day/date and the reminder function also. this happened to the previous owner when we walked thru the house on closing day. all the previous owner had to do was "key in" something from what i remember

  • brbbtlr Aug 04, 2008

    My F3 keeps coming up on the screen. I have unplugged and tried to reset that way but after a couple minutes the alert comes back. I did hit the clear button and reset the clock and about 3 hours later the F3 alert came back on along with the beeping.

    What can I do?

  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2008

    F-3 display stays on. No other buttons work and microwave will not function. I try to clear it by unplugging it. When re-plug in, PF displays and then F-3 display comes back on and beeps.



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F3 occurs if the controller detects a key shorted for more than 60 seconds. Luckily, on this model, the "keypanel" as it's called is available as a separate part. If you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety & disassembly info at our site, which is linked at our listing here on FixYa: You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering the model number here: The "keypanel" is shown as reference number 44 on that exploded view.

Posted on May 23, 2007

  • PieterCP Jan 18, 2011

    Replace all the electrolytic radial capacitors on the PCB behind the panel. Problem solved. I am guessing that they used cheap capacitors. Although they are marked 105 degrees C they are out of spec. Fitted new caps - working 100%.



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F3 on a GE / Hotpoint microwave means you have a shorting keypad / controls.

There's a chance it can come on by itself and run unattended, which can result in a fire.

So until it is repaired, please leave it unplugged or leave the door open.

On this model, the keypad is not available as a separate part, so you would have to replace the entire controller assembly.

At our Web site, we have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.

Then you disconnect the wires and install the new controller.

You can order part number WB07X10903 here for $114.37 (compare that to $174.75 direct from GE!).

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If you'd like to have us fix it for you, we do that for $39.95 plus parts. We repair them for customers nationwide.

Or if you want to do it yourself, please contact me directly and I'll give you details on parts and procedure.

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We replace these for customers nationwide with our guaranteed $39.95 service.

If you might want to replace it yourself, I have uploaded a handy guide with pictures showing you what's typically involved. It's here.

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