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G E microwave 1650ch01

Shuts down after a few seconds. readout is garbled. must reset clock etc.

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  • DanPav Dec 11, 2007

    Microwave runs exactly 2 seconds and then crashes, scrambles the display and I have to reset everything (clock, date, etc.) and the problem continues to repeat.



    The microwave is only 14 months old as well...

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This is a due to a defective or loose magnetron causing electrical interference and disruption in the control circuit board.

If yours was recently replaced, it may have loose mounting nuts or bolts or the wire mesh RF gasket was not installed or got pinched.

It may also need a new high-voltage diode and stirrer, and the cavity may be affected.

GE had a campaign (but not a recall, mind you!) covering several models.

Details are in their bulletin at http://207.234.249.73/mwd/ge_mw_mag_kit_bulletin.pdf

The parts kit (that GE used to pay for) is part # WB27X10489 and is shown in the photo below.

If you or a friend decide to look into it, we have critical information on safety, disassembly and door switches at our site, linked here on
Fixya: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383
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