While there are many reasons a GE Spacemaker microwave stops heating, the first step in finding the problem is making sure the unit is plugged into an active power outlet. Use a lamp or other electrical device to make sure the power plug is active. Many outlets in the kitchen have GFI plugs that turn off power when they detect a problem and stop the unit from heating.Know More
If the unit is receiving power but still does not heat, a common problem is the door latch is not engaging when the unit activates. Food particles around the door seal often build up to prevent proper sealing and cause leaks. Clean the seal and area where it seats, paying careful attention to the hooks of the latch. Try heating again.
While there are many online sites that offer tips to repair a microwave, GE recommends do-it-yourself consumers not work on these units. Microwave ovens have a high-voltage capacitor that remains charged even if the handyman turns the unit off and unplugs it that creates an electrical shock hazard. These appliances have complex circuitry that is not consumer-friendly. They also require specialized tools that most individuals do not have in their toolbox.Learn more about Microwaves
To remove a Frigidaire microwave oven door, unscrew the metal casing at the back of the unit and gently pull it off, and then remove the screws securing the hinges at the top and bottom of the oven door. Finally, pull the door to detach it from the hinges.Full Answer >
To repair a microwave motor, locate the motor under the bottom panel of the unit, use a continuity tester to determine if it's still functioning, and replace the motor if necessary. If not, replace only the damaged wires that impede the motor's functionality.Full Answer >
To change the light bulb in a Panasonic microwave, switch off and unplug the unit, and unscrew the outer vent cover of the bulb. Locate the bulb on the right front side of the oven, lift the holder, and unscrew it. Finally, position the new bulb, and screw it in.Full Answer >
The main steps in microwave troubleshooting are identifying the problem and inspecting the different parts that are likely to be the source of the problem. Common issues include failure of the unit to power on, sparks during operation and turning off after a few seconds.Full Answer >