I've had this microwave since late 2005 and in the last 6 months or so it has started switching off after 3, 5 or 10 seconds of the heating cycle. It has even tripped the breaker (15 amp) a couple of times recently. This followed after the display started showing digits only partially. Now the display shows nothing and there is a click, click sound coming from the control panel every time I hit START and the micro switches off. I hit STOP, open then close the door and the micro starts "blowing" for 10-20 seconds (but it does not warm up the food) and then stops. Please help. Thank you for your time.
Same switch problem with my R-1851A but it appears the switch was damaged by the door latch. The lower door latch is bent inward slightly and only hits half of the switch, eventually wearing off a corner of the switch's plunger. This prevents the the switch from getting fully closed without several hits on the open button. Only the lower switch needed replacing.
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A model number would have helped, but I can give you a generic answer. It may be a bad door switch or mount. (Anybody in the home opening the door while it's cooking?) See our help file on door switches here.
6 years is a good run for a microwave to keep working
as it is basically a high frequency radio transmitter, take it in for a proper diagnosis and a quote
mostly after 6 years there may be a shortage of parts available for repair so keep in mind that it may be cheaper to junk it and get a later model
I have the exact same problem with my Kenmore Microwave model 721 that we bought in October of 2005. The Fan will just randomly turn itself on even when we are not cooking. It has been doing this for the last few months and is starting to become more frequent. There is no way to turn it off except to unplug it for several hours. Was there a recall for this defect ?
I had same problem last week. My GE JVM1650 Spacemaker stopped after a few seconds of heating. Owned 16 months, manufactured Jan 2005. It was the magnetron, which was replaced yesterday. The magnetron has a 10-year warranty, but I had to pay $161.00 for labor by a GE technician. The call-out fee was waived at my request. I don't know what that amount would have been, but I can't believe the $161.00 for what was about 1/2 hour labor once diagnosed. Good Luck!