General Electric Microwave Oven
When you own a GE microwave, you can take advantage of all the benefits that comes with high-quality microwaves. They are made to look great in any modern kitchen. But, just like any other electric device, even the best products could encounter problems from time to time. It’s important to know how to handle these kinds of problems when they come up.
Continue reading if you want to know how to fix your GE Microwave. This Microwave Troubleshooting Guide will explain common problems, give you tips, and show you how to read the error codes for your model.
How to Reset GE Microwave?
If you want to reset the microwave to make it work better, do the following:
- Press the “Off/Clear” button to start. This clears the display and resets the microwave automatically.
- If you want to turn off the “Control Locked” child lock, press the “Off/Clear” button for about three seconds.
- If the “Off/Clear” button was accidentally pressed when cooking is in progress, consider resetting your GE microwave oven.
- If you’ve noticed any anomalies with your microwave, consider doing a hard reset by unplugging the power supply and wait for a while before plugging it back again. By doing this, the microwave’s memory will fix any problems from before.
- If you want to change the time, click the clock button and then turn the dial to the right hours.
My GE Microwave Runs But Doesn't Heat
It happens when the magnetron isn’t working right. This part of the microwave is connected to the high voltage circuit. It’s what makes the microwave be able to heat up. When something isn’t working right, it could be a blown fuse, especially if its functions usually work. You could try changing the fuse to fix it. But watch out for the following signs first, because they mean the magnetron is broken.
- Heating isn’t working
- Unusual burning odor
- Snapping and arcing sounds.
This could also mean that one of its many parts isn’t working right.
- Make sure that the “Timer” button wasn’t used by accident.
- Inspect whether the door is shut properly. Open and close the door with force. This shows that the door’s safety features are in place.
As an expert appliance technician, Appliance Doctor Inc. does not recommend a do-it-yourself repair on microwave ovens for safety reasons as it could be dangerous. There is a high voltage capacitor inside the microwave that can keep a high voltage charge even when the microwave is unplugged. Also, most of the time, special tools are needed to figure out what kind of repair is needed.
How Could I Tell Whether My GE Microwave Fuse is Blown?
Before you change or replace a fuse, you need to make sure that it is indeed blown by doing the following:
- Take off the grill
- Look on top of the control panel for one screw. If the fuse is blown, you will see that the top of the control panel tilts out.
- If your microwave’s fuse is blown, you will be able to see the fuse block.
- Check your fuses. There should be at least two or three fuses.
- Check for burn marks. Burn marks should be on a blown fuse, and the filament will be melted.
- If the fuse is made of ceramic, use a continuity tester or ohmmeter to check it. If the fuse is good, the readings should show zero, and if it is blown, they should show an infinite number.
What Do the Error Codes On My Microwave Display Means?
All microwave oven controls are set up with fault codes. With these codes, the technicians can quickly figure out what’s wrong with the microwave. If the electronic control shows an error, fault, or function code, you should call a trained Service Technician to figure out what’s wrong and fix it.
Sometimes the fault, error, or function code will go away if you turn off the power to the microwave oven for 30 seconds by turning off the circuit breaker or fuse. By knowing what could go wrong, you can fix your microwave quickly. There are, however, times when service may be needed. Here are the list of the most common GE microwave fault codes and what do they mean.
- F1 – This code means that the “thermal sensor” is open because the microwave cavity is making too much heat.
- F2 – This code means “shorted thermal sensor“. This will happen if a shorted thermal sensor is found on convection, combination, or roast cooking for more than 5 seconds.
- F3 – Shorted touch pad panel
- F4 – Open humidity sensor
- F5 – Shorted humidity sensor
- F6 – Shorted temperature probe
- F10 – Shorted touch screen
- Probe – During a temp cook function, the probe is either open or not plugged in. Make sure the probe is firmly in the food and the microwave wall.
- 888, 8888, or PF – This code can be seen when the microwave is being installed or after a power outage has been fixed. This display can be switched off and microwave normal operation can resume by touching the Cancel/Off or Clear/Off pad. The clock can then be reset on models that have that feature.
- 18 Power Watch Code – This code shows a sign that something is wrong with the microwave’s electronic controls.
Sometimes, the following fault, error, or function code will go away if you turn off the power to the microwave for 30 seconds by turning off the circuit breaker or fuse. But there are times when service might be needed.
Why Does My GE Microwave Trip the Circuit Breaker?
There is a chance that the electrical circuit will be overloaded. This means that the rate for the course is lower than what is needed for the microwave. It keeps going over the amount of electricity that the circuit can handle. To fix this, you can do the following:
- Try plugging in your microwave oven to different outlets. Consider outlets with more electricity like your garage or workshop.
- Try connecting it to a separate circuit.
- If the problem keeps happening, it’s the microwave, and you should have a technician look at it to see if it can be fixed. You should also be willing to get a new one.
How to Troubleshoot GE Microwave Keypad
Even if your microwave display lights work, the touchpads on the microwave could stop responding. Unplug the microwave so you can get to the membrane switch and take off the whole cabinet.
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