If you hear a clicking or grinding sound when your microwave runs, or if the turntable doesn't rotate at all, then the turntable motor needs to be replaced. The motor can be replaced relatively easy, though you will likely have to order the part. There is a lot of variety in turntable motors, and most stores will not keep them in stock. Read on to learn how to change your turntable motor.
Things You'll Need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Tamper-proof Torx screwdriver
- Drop light
Remove the bottom panel of the microwave. Five or more Phillips screws hold the panel on, three along the front and at least one on each side. Some GE microwaves may require tamper-proof style Torx screwdriver bits to remove the panel. These can be bought at most tool suppliers.
Pull the front end of the panel down. Tilt the front end of the panel down until you can see a wiring harness that connects to the upper portion of the microwave. Disconnect this wiring harness by pressing in on the sides while pulling the two ends apart. The panel is now free. Pull it away from the microwave and set it to the side.
Look for the turntable motor which is mounted directly below the center of the microwave. Remove the two small Phillips screws in the side mounts of the motor. The motor will now come out. Replace the new motor by lining the shaft up with the recess in the bottom of the microwave. Replace the two screws while holding on to the motor.
Test the microwave and make sure that the panel is turning properly. If the turntable is jerky or making strange noises, check to see that the motor is installed in the recess correctly.
Replace the bottom panel. You will have to watch your screw holes to align the panel properly. Don't forget to reconnect the wiring harness. Replace the original screws. You may want to get a second person to help hold the panel as you put in the screws.
Tips & Warnings
- Unplug the microwave before beginning repair.
- Place a cup of water in the microwave when you run it. Running the microwave without anything in it can cause damage.
- Larry Harding, Professional Appliance Technician
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