How to Repair a GE Microwave

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GE .7 Cu. Ft. Capacity Countertop Microwave Oven

General Electric (GE) microwaves are consistently dependable appliances. Highly rated by consumers and professional reviewers alike, these microwaves are an essential component in any hardworking kitchen. Most models offer speed cooking, rewarming, and food temperature-sensing features, making the GE microwave a favorite cooking tool of many. Each GE microwave model operates in different ways and may eventually malfunction, but most problems with GE microwaves are easy to diagnose and correct. GE microwaves are widely available from local big box retail outlets, and eBay is also a good place to search for a new or used GE microwave.
 

How to Reset a GE Microwave

If a GE microwave seems like may not be working properly, users should begin their repair attempts by resetting the machine. A soft reset simply backs users out of the programming that is active on the display screen of the microwave. To perform one, users should press the "Off/Clear" button on the microwave's keypad for 3 to 5 seconds. A hard reset, on the other hand, should likely fix any temporary problems with the microwave's memory. Users can perform a hard reset by unplugging the machine from the outlet, waiting a minimum of 60 seconds, and then plugging the machine back into the power source and resetting the time clock.
 

How to Replace a Fuse on a GE Microwave

Replacing the fuse on a GE microwave may be necessary if too much electrical current passes through the thin metal wire inside the appliance's fuse. It is important to remember that the internal parts of a microwave can produce electrical current even if the microwave is unplugged from the wall outlet.

After unplugging a GE microwave, owners can remove the screws on the front of the grill, which may be on the top or on the back of the machine. Owners should make sure to label the wires connected to the fuse before disconnecting them. After doing so, they can unclip the wires and pull the fuse straight out of the case. A blown fuse should show burn marks on the inside of the glass fuse case, and if the fuse is in fact blown, owners can replace it with a new one by pushing the new fuse into place. Then, they should reattach the wires and replace the cover. Finally, owners can plug the machine back in to reset the time clock.
 

Troubleshooting a Broken GE Microwave

If a GE microwave malfunctions and a user performs a soft reset followed by a hard reset, and if the machine's fuse is intact yet the problem persists, it may be necessary to troubleshoot in order to find the source of the malfunction. Owners can consult the following chart, which describes a number of potential problems and solutions.
 

Problem

Possible Cause

Possible Solution

Microwave non-functional

Unresponsive buttons

Microwave starts by itself when door is in the shut position

Blank display, working oven

Touchpad malfunctioning, some keys do not work

Start button non-functional

Power or controller malfunction

1. Unplug the machine to perform a hard reset

2. Make sure the wall outlet works by plugging in a radio or other appliance in to the same outlet

3. Confirm that the GFCI outlet has not been tripped, and if it has, push the Reset button

4. Be sure to wait at least 60 seconds before plugging the machine back into the wall outlet

Microwave recently repaired, does not power up

Safety interlocking screw on the back of the machine not fully engaged

1. Carefully check the screws on the back, top, and sides of the machine to determine that they are fully engaged

2. Perform a hard reset

Erratic behavior

Mechanical problems in machines that do not have a rotating tray

1. Unclip plastic cover above oven cavity and check for obviously worn or broken parts.

2. Use a microwave power indicator to determine whether problem is real


The cost of GE microwave parts often exceeds the cost of replacing the machine, so owners should consider this as they decide how to fix the problem.
 

How to Buy a GE Microwave

Purchasing a new orusedGE microwave on eBay is easy process, as you simply conduct a search by typing the model name of the microwave into the search field located on every page of the site. To refine your search results by geographical area, or by closest match, simply click the drop-down menu at the top of the listing results page and customize the results according to your personal preference. Becoming familiar with the types of problems that a GE microwave and with solutions to those problems can save you money and can help you get your microwave back to working as it should.

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