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February 13, 2014

Photo of a microwave oven.I have a GE microwave, model no. JVM1851CH02. The unit turns on, but won't heat.

By Jerry


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February 15, 20141 found this helpful
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Since you can get microwaves for as little as $60, or even less if you get them at yard sales (my mother paid $5 for one that just wouldn't wear out!), I suggest you toss this one (wherever you are supposed to dispose of them) and get a new one. This is one of our modern conveniences that it is not worth repairing, unless it is still on warranty.

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October 20, 2014

I have an estimate that says I need a diode and magnitron. I have the machine apart. I need to know how to test the diode.

There is not any visible damage to any part.

By Tim G

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October 27, 20140 found this helpful

I doubt very much that microwaves are cost effective to repair. One can get them on sale for as little as $60, and sometimes at yard sales for $10, so if it is not working, I'd toss it out and get a new one.

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January 20, 20160 found this helpful

Not if your microwave is installed over a range, then it can be hundreds to replace

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May 18, 20160 found this helpful

diodes conduct in one direction

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October 25, 2010

My microwave does not heat up. Can it be repaired?

By MARIA VIRGINIA from Upland, CA

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October 25, 20100 found this helpful

You would have to contact a service person about that. Myself, a lot of things like that are so inexpensive now that it is sometimes cheaper to buy new.

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Labor on repairs is horribly expensive.

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December 27, 2014

My microwave heats for 2 minutes. Then it quits heating until it rests for about 10 minutes. Any thoughts on this?

By Steve M.

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May 1, 20150 found this helpful

My Sumsang microwave does not heat but it is on and turning off.

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December 7, 2009

My Delonghi microwave lights up, and the turntable works, but it doesn't heat. Any ideas? Cheers.
Marg from England

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December 7, 20090 found this helpful

This happened to us. You're element has gone out & you'll need to buy a new microwave (or one at the thrift store). In the USA you can get one for only $25. I paid $50 & got a really nice one. I was surprised at how cheep they are!

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* This doesn't apply to burned-out elements, but for other microwave problems. I have a friend that used to repair microwaves back in the 70's when they were costly & he told me that what kills most microwaves is people slamming the microwave's door. Tell your family to always shut the microwave's door quietly & gently & your microwave will last many years longer!

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December 9, 20090 found this helpful

Guess that's it then. Off to the shop. Thanks Cyinda, also for the tip about shutting the door gently. All the best Marg.

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September 14, 20130 found this helpful

Before you replace it. or buy a new element, try unplugging it for about 5 minutes. Then plug it back in. Sometimes it just needs a reset.

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October 19, 20150 found this helpful

These answers are a joke as my microwave cost 300.00

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January 4, 2015

I put an envelop in the microwave to open it and now my microwave works, but does not heat.

By kita

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful

I doubt the envelope had anything to do with this. Certainly it was a coincidence your microwave stopped heating at this time. If it is still under warranty, you can get it repaired but otherwise it will probably be cheaper to get a second-hand microwave than to try to get this one repaired.

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If you still want to try, figure out who the maker is and model #. Google the manufacturer. If you can find an email for them, tell them what's going on. They may respond.

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January 9, 20150 found this helpful

I also doubt whether the envelope had anything to do with it, unless you ran the microwave for a long time - several minutes, which might damage it. We are warned not to operate microwaves with nothing inside them, and I would think that an envelope would count as "nothing".

I agree with the previous poster. If your microwave is on warranty, you might get it replaced, but if it is not, you will likely have to get a new one.

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You might want to check out the instruction booklet that came with your machine; it will give you a website or toll free number. Otherwise, watch for sales or yard sales. I once got one for $5 at a yard sale.

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January 9, 2014

I have a Hamilton Beach microwave model # HB-P100N30AL-S3 / P100N30ALS3B and it stopped heating about 6 months ago. Any ideas?

By Tom

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January 11, 20140 found this helpful

Sometimes a microwave just needs to be reset. Try unplugging it for about 5 mnutes then plug back in and try using it.

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January 13, 20140 found this helpful

Buy a new one.

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September 12, 2013

I have a GE microwave oven model No.JES1139DS1BB that won't heat up the food.

By Demetrius

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September 14, 20130 found this helpful

First, unplug the microwave for about 5 minutes. Then try waving something. A lot of times it just needs to reset.

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If it still won't work check the cord; then the inside. Make sure all the elements inside are food free.

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September 14, 20130 found this helpful

It is probably a fuse. You can go in the search bar and look under troubleshooting a microwave that doesn't heat and it will help you with step by step instructions. Good Luck.

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