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Microwave works but won't heat

Microwave is 2 years old. Everything is working but it won't heat. Was working 15 hours ago and no storm or anything to interfere. I'm hesistant to pay the $70 service fee when I may end of buying a new one. Thanks for any insight.

Posted by amy laveck on

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  • amy laveck Aug 05, 2007

    BTW, its the JVM1653 model.

  • Anonymous Nov 06, 2007

    it does not heat and makes a different sound after a short time

  • DRRRS Dec 20, 2007

    Less than 2yrs Old, stopped heating. Ohm checked all door and thermal switches. Removed and inspected solder connections on circuit board. Checked all push on connectors. With current probe measured current when on Beverage Mode, measured 5.35 amps., about 1/2 of 1000 watts.
    Without service manual could go no further, not knowing relay sequence, etc.,
    funny, it did work once more in Popcorn mode, now nothing.

  • nicandbret Jan 17, 2008

    If the problem is the magnetron and i bought it in 9/2004 would the magnetron still be under warranty?

    please help!

  • nicandbret Jan 17, 2008

    if I bought my GE in 9/2004 is the magnetron still under warranty? I dont want to pay to have someone come out if it is going to cost more than buying a new one!

    please advise!



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The most common causes for a lack of heating are a bad door switch, a loose connection on the magnetron, a bad magnetron, bad connection on the control circuit board, a bad relay on the board, bad high voltage diode, or bad high voltage transformer. GE microwaves come with a mini service manual inside, which is very helpful. Since it's only 2 years old, the magnetron would still be covered under warranty, but you would have to pay labor and service call charges. You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your model number here: If you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info (as well as a text file which helps in diagnosing and repairing door switch problems) at our site, which is linked at our listing here on FixYa: Otherwise, if you pull it from the wall yourself and take it in for repair, you can save about $50 or so. It is a 2-person job since it's heavy and awkward, and it helps if you have the original installation instructions. Feel free to follow up here if you need more help. We appreciate your thoughtful rating of our reply.

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Is very unlikely that there could be any other electrical failure since everything else seems to be working.
If you are able to fix it yourself then is way more cheaper just to buy the magnetron.
Click here to find the magnetron.
Before you do any work on this device, please click here to know how to discharge the high voltage capacitor and other safety concerns when working with devices that generate high voltages.
I would say is not worth it to spend more then $100.00 for a 5+ years old microwave.
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