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GE microwave burning smell

Common reasons your GE microwave has a burning smell

The most common reasons your GE microwave has a burning smell are a cracked heating element, malfunctioning electronic control board or a worn fan bearing.

  • 64%

    64% of the time it's the
    Heating Element

  • 13%

    13% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 7%

    7% of the time it's the
    Fan Bearing

  • 16%

    16% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix a GE microwave

    Heating Element Replacement

    When the microwave heating element is cracked, the element won’t heat and foods won’t brown or cook properly when using the convection baking mode. Food can splatter on the heating element and cause smoke and odors inside the microwave and could cause damage to the heating element. A shorted element may also produce smoke and odors. When the heating element quits working in your microwave, have a Sears Home Services professional examine and fix the problem.

    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    If a microwave electronic control board is malfunctioning, it can lead to various failures in the microwave, including a lack of power or heating, or it could prevent the microwave from turning off. This is because the board serves as the brain of the microwave, controlling crucial components such as magnetron the heats food, cooling fans, lights, the turn-table motor, cooking times and power level settings and the display. If the electronic control board malfunctions, it can disrupt communication between many different components. A failing board may cause a chattering or clicking noise or emit a burning odor. Due to the potential impact on multiple components, it is advisable to have a Sears Home Services professional conduct diagnostic tests on the board to confirm if replacement is necessary.

    Fan Bearing Replacement

    When a fan bearing is worn, the fan won’t spin properly. Components inside the microwave can overheat without the fan, causing a thermal switch to trip or a fuse to blow, shutting down the microwave. The friction caused by the worn bearing on the fan blade shaft can lead to a burning smell. Because microwaves contain a high-voltage transformer and high-voltage capacitors that retain a lethal amount of electricity even with the microwave unplugged, a Sears Home Services professional should examine the microwave and perform the repair.

    What to expect when you experience a GE microwave burning smell issue

    How is the burning smell problem fixed?

    Correcting most burning smell problems usually involves replacing the heating element, electronic control board or fan bearing. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for a microwave burning smell

    When the microwave has a burning smell it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of microwave failures.

    What to look out for with a microwave burning smell diagnosis

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your microwave problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

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    Additional possible GE microwave symptoms you may experience

    • GE microwave display not working
    • GE microwave door not closing
    • GE microwave fan not spinning
    • GE microwave light not working
    • GE microwave no power
    • GE microwave no sound
    • GE microwave not heating
    • GE microwave not spinning
    • GE microwave not turning on
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    • GE microwave stopped working
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