If your GE microwave suddenly stops working, it’s usually not because you need to replace the microwave. It’s probably just one of the following common issues that can be easily fixed.
I also faced the same problem when I got a new GE microwave oven and was in deep distress when this happened. I surfed the internet and went through various fixes. Follow this article for more.
Don’t throw out your broken microwave just yet! With these simple tips, you’ll be back to heating up leftovers in no time at all.
Before we get started with how to fix your broken GE microwave, let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons why your GE oven might stop working so you know what symptoms to look out for next time this happens to you.
What to Do When a Microwave Makes Noises
When you start hearing strange noises from your microwave, it’s probably a good idea to bring in an expert. Although you might think it’s OK to try to fix it yourself, it could be that your unit has stopped working and is on its way out.
For example, if you hear a grinding noise every time you use it or if things don’t heat up like they normally do, stop using it immediately—your microwave may soon blow and cause serious injury.
If a repair is what’s needed, contact a service company like Best Appliance Repair. They offer preventive maintenance as well as repairs of small appliances such as microwaves.
Troubleshooting the Main Components
There are several reasons why a microwave oven stops working. One reason is that one of its essential components has failed.
For example, check to see if your timer is working by setting it to four minutes and pressing start. If you don’t hear it ticking away after two minutes, then something has gone wrong with your timer and will need replacing.
Similarly, you can check whether your light or turntable is working by pressing start and then opening up some food bags or boxes; if there’s no light inside for checking on their progress, then you’ll need to replace your lamp.
How to Repair Problems with Switches
If you have an issue with your microwave, odds are there’s a problem with your switches. In most cases, it’s probably just a matter of unplugging and plugging in again; doing so resets them and often fixes all kinds of weird issues.
If that doesn’t work—or if your problem doesn’t involve a switch—make sure to take a look at our more in-depth guide to fixing microwaves. It covers everything from safety mechanisms to fuses and circuit boards.
Replacing a Control Panel
In order to fix a GE microwave that has stopped working suddenly, you must first open up the unit. There are two screws on either side of your microwave’s door. Take them out and then remove the panel above your microwave using a Phillips screwdriver.
This will expose two wires leading into your control panel, where most issues occur. You’ll need to check for power and ground in order to find out if there’s an issue with one of these wires before replacing anything else in your control panel.
Remember that touching any exposed wiring can be dangerous, so be careful when troubleshooting! Should you find an issue with one of these wires, you’ll need to replace it or possibly resolder it to ensure it stays connected properly inside your control panel without being exposed outside of it.
Replacing Circuit Breakers
It’s often easier than you think to replace a circuit breaker. Even if you don’t have any electrical experience, replacing a circuit breaker is simple and can save you a lot of money on an electrician’s bill.
The first step in repairing your microwave is to find out what part has failed and how much it will cost to replace it.
A $40 part can easily become an $800 repair when you call an electrician out to diagnose and fix your microwave.
After taking apart your microwave, inspect all parts carefully for signs of wear or damage that might indicate impending failure—you may need to make small repairs now to prevent larger problems later down the road.
Replacing Capacitors in Motors
Capacitors store electricity and release it over time, but sometimes they can short out, which can damage motors. Replacing capacitors in a motor is a relatively simple do-it-yourself repair that most people can learn to do with a little practice and patience.
Before taking on more serious repairs like replacing an electric motor, consider checking out how to replace capacitors in a motor first. It’s easier than you might think!
The microwave stopped working suddenly, what should I do? Before you call for a service technician, try to look for a blown fuse.
The first thing you’ll want to do is turn off power to your microwave at its circuit breaker or by unplugging it from an outlet.
The next step is to remove any screws on top of your microwave that holds its cover in place. Liftoff and check for any fuses, then check them with a multimeter; if one has blown, replace it with a new one matching its rating and electrical specifications (labeled on the fuse).
Remember that both types of fuses—magnetic and thermal—look almost identical, so don’t mix them up! Also, remember that opening your microwave may void its warranty.
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Now, how do you fix a GE microwave that suddenly stopped working? For starters, you should be sure to inspect your installation site and confirm that everything is properly grounded.
When it comes to appliances, it’s always best to have them installed by a licensed professional.
Next, you can try using some simple troubleshooting techniques such as unplugging the unit for several minutes and then plugging it back in again.
If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace an internal fuse or replace certain parts of your control panel or inverter.
If you still face the same issue, you should rather contact GE support. Do let me know in the comments section if you were able to solve the issue.