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High Voltage Diode Blown But Nothing Else Is Bad

My microwave was no longer heating. I took it apart and found the high voltage diode was bad but nothing else looked bad. I replaced the diode and it still didn’t heat yet the high voltage diode was not blown again.

I’ve since checked all associated components and none look bad: HV capacitor, magnetron, HV diode, fuse.

What could have blown the diode, not looked bad yet not not blow it a second time when it still didn’t heat?

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Must my new magnetron look like this one?

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What is the model number of the microwave oven?

Did you check the HV transformer, you didn't mention it?

Thanks, jayeff for your response. I have a GE microwave: JVM1631WB 001.

No, I have not tested the high voltage transformer. I will do that shortly. I hope they is easy.

I do have a new magnetron but haven’t replaced the old one because the old one tested good.

Unfortunately, the high voltage transformer looks good too.

I took out the old magnetron and it doesn’t look anything like the new one. I wonder if I can use the new one. Must it look exactly like the old one?

What about the old one (see my pictures)? I don’t think that is what it looked like when I put it in the last time I fixed it. Does it look defective?

I finally figured out how to upload pictures. The more I look at it, the more I think there is something wrong with my old magnetron (the top picture...just by looking at it).

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Hi,

Did you also check that the door interlocks are working properly?

Here’s an image of the magnetron circuit for a G.E. microwave.

It is NOT for your model but may be close enough to be of some help as it shows how the door interlock switch if not opening when the door is shut will still short out the HV transformer preventing current flowing through it etc.

If the interlock is OK then you may have to use an Ohmmeter to check the circuit supplying the HV section of the oven, if everything else seems to be operating OK, i.e. turntable motor, light, fan etc but there is just no heat.

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Update (04/18/2021)

Hi,

It looks like the antenna dome of the magntron has burnt out.

Here's a link that describes it better than I can.

You said that the magnetron tested OK. Is this the method that you used to test it?

Even if it tests OK with an Ohmmeter it is not being subjected to the same amount of voltage with an Ohmmeter that is being applied when operating.

To do the 2nd method, unless there is a short circuit or low resistance path between the housing and a terminal you really need a megger tester (example only) as this will test if the insulation breaks down at the voltages that the equipment operates at and not the 9V of an Ohmmeter.

How old is the oven?

Looking at the owner manual there is a 10 year warranty on the magnetron. Not as good as it sounds as yr 1 is full parts and labour warranty and yrs 2-10 is part only ,you pay for the service call and labour.

Although it may be worth considering if applicable and you can install it yourself given the cost of a replacement.

If the warranty period is no longer applicable or even if it is and the manufacturer will only supply and install and not just supply only, then it may be more economically viable to get a new microwave oven.

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