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
If a microwave appears to be operating but does not heat food, the problem could be a bad diode, high voltage capacitor or magnetron, according to RepairClinic.com. Microwave ovens are high-voltage electronic equipment that can cause electrical shock even when unplugged from the power. Consumers should proceed with caution when opening the cabinet.Full Answer >
In order to calculate the wattage of a microwave, heat 1 liter, or approximately 1 quart, of room temperature water in the microwave for two minutes and three seconds. Then, multiply the difference in the temperatures before and after microwaving the water by 19.4 to find the wattage.Full Answer >
Over-the-range microwaves come as small as 1.1 cubic feet, which translates into about 28 inches wide, 15 inches deep and 12.6 inches high. The smallest countertop microwaves are even smaller at 0.7 cubic feet.Full Answer >
To install an over-the-range microwave, mark and drill holes for the bracket, install it, mount the new microwave, and connect the wires. This two-hour project requires an assistant, pliers, a screwdriver, a drill, a microwave, a carpenter's level, wire nuts, a bracket, mounting hardware, a pencil and a bracket template.Full Answer >