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MICROWAVE OVEN REPAIR CASE HISTORY DATABASE (CONT'D)
GE
Model(s): JVM1600 Series produced between 1/99 – 7/00 (JVM1630, JVM1631, JVM1640, JVM1642, JVM1650, JVM1651, JVM1660, JVM1661)
Symptom: No heat; not heating properly; arcing or sparking noise; overheating smell
Problem: Defective magnetron
Solution: Replace magnetron with combined stirrer and magnetron kit, part number WB27X10489—both stirrer blade and magnetron must be replaced. Note 1: If waveguide is discolored from arcing or severe overheating, contact GE at 800-432-2737
GE
Model: J EM23K 003
Symptom: No power to control panel
Problem: Ruptured foil trace at "CON 2" possibly due to power surge
Solution: Repair foil trace
GE
Model: J ET92 001
Symptom: Works fine then goes "dead"
Problem: Cracked and/or burned solder connections of printed circuit board.
Solution: Remove control board and inspect the solder joints for deterioration. This tends to occur where the "JF" harness connector is mounted to the circuit board. Clean, reinforce and re-solder as necessary.
GE
Model: J VM140H 002
Symptom: Heats intermittently
Problem: "Cold" solder joint on printed circuit board.
Solution: Inspect the foil-side of printed circuit board for cracked, burned, or deteriorated solder joints. Specifically, check the pins where the "main relay" mounts to the circuit board, as well as the harness connector mounting pins. Repair the connections by cleaning, reinforcing, and re-soldering as necessary.
GE
Model: J VM140H 002
Symptom: Heating intermittently
Problem: Cracked solder joint at "Power Relay" and Q1
Solution: Repair the cracked solder joints by reinforcing and re-soldering as necessary.
GE
Model: J VM46 003
Symptom: Electrical burning smell and smoke coming from inside the oven during cook, soon afterward the oven goes dead.
Problem: Shorted high voltage transformer is causing the line fuse to blow
Test: High Voltage Transformer Test
Solution: Replace the high voltage transformer (GE part # Wb27X5096) and install a new 15 amp fuse
Submitted by David Hinton, DBH Appliance Repair, Dyer, Indiana, U.S.
GE
Model: JE1540WN001
Symptom: Found oven dead after lightning storm
Problem: Foil trace on printed circuit board burned from transient voltage spike
Solution: Repair foil trace , and replace varistor, price:$3.00 - $4.00
GE
Model: R VM120 001
Symptom: Everything works but it does not heat.
Problem: Solder joints on power control board are cracked and/or burned.
Solution: Inspect solder connections on power control board for deterioration. This usually occurs where the harness connector is mounted to the circuit board. Reinforce and re-solder as necessary. Also check all other solder joints.
GOLDSTAR
Model: ER-4010
Symptom: Weak or no heat
Problem: Magnetron filament connectors have loosened and, due to resistive heat, the terminal connections have deteriorated and burned loose.
Solution: Repair defective terminals as follows:Either (1) Clean the burned/pitted terminals, and replace the slip-on connectors, making sure they fit tightly on the terminals; or (2) Cut away burned wire and connector(s). Clean terminals to prepare for soldering. Solder filament leads directly to magnetron. Be careful not to apply soldering heat any longer than necessary.
HITACHI
Model: MR-8040S
Symptom: No heat
Problem: Defective triac
Test: Triac Test Procedure
Solution: Replace triac (BCR30GM) Hitachi Part # MR-7220
HOTPOINT
Model: R VM120 001
Symptom: Everything works but it does not heat.
Problem: Solder joints on power control board are cracked and/or burned.
Solution: Inspect solder connections on power control board for deterioration. This usually occurs where the harness connector is mounted to the circuit board. reinforce and re-solder as necessary. Also check all other solder joints.
HOTPOINT
Model: RVM120 001
Symptom: No heat
Problem: Cracked and/or burned solder joints on power control board.
Solution: Re-solder and reinforce solder joints on the power control board main wiring-harness plug (CON).
JCPENNEY
Model: 5910-00-30, 5910-00-31, 5910-00-40
Symptom: Press "start," the oven operates briefly (anywhere from less than a second to several seconds, or more), then it erratically shuts down (resets, or "kicks off").
Problem: Defective control panel.
Solution: Rebuild control panel by replacing the following components
  1. Rectifier W02 (ECG5304) located in the center at the top of board (there are 3 similar rectifiers across top of board)
  2. Capacitor C3, 1000 mfd @ 25V
  3. IC14, 7812 regulator (ECG966)
  4. IC12, 7912 regulator (ECG967)
Note: This repair corrects 90% of PCB problems of the 5910 series. If problems persist, the circuit board must be replaced:part # 1003-3843, price:about $90.00
JCPENNEY
Model: 5910-00-12
Symptom: Tried to use and it wouldn't work
Problem: Weakened fuse clips in the fuse receptacle causing fuse to melt due to resistive heat. This is usually indicated by a bead of solder leaching out from either endcap , and/or evidence of overheating (or burned, pitted spot) at the endcap, fuse clip, or terminal connection
Solution: Replace 15 amp fuse (about $1.00) and receptacle (about $2.00).
Additional Inf: Generic fuse holders are available at appliance and electronic part suppliers

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