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ZE2160SF03 General Electric Microwave - Instructions

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Original lamp burned out.

  • Customer: Rudy from Huntington, IN
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 68 of 83 people found this instruction helpful
After looking up on the computer a schematic of the unit, all that was needed was removing four screws to remove the top and side cover which was one piece.
Next was removal of electrical connection to burned out lamp, then removing burned out lamp and installing the new lamp and reconnecting electrical connection.
Job was complete after reinstalling the cover.

Microwave now working with new lamp lighting when in use.

Both Intermittent- and No-Heating

  • Customer: Richard from Merritt Island, FL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 11 of 11 people found this instruction helpful
First, I read the PartsSelect DIY report by Linda, Warsaw, IN. With confidence, I purchased the magnetron. Upon receipt, I took the built-in microwave out of the cabinet, set the unit on the kitchen floor, and was stopped cold by the Safety Torx nuts on the reverse of the unit. Borrowing the right wrench allowed the 20 minute start-to-finish part changeout and reinstallation of the unit in the cabinet to proceed. The old magnetron was the defective part. Discovery of the 10-year Parts-Only warranty on the less than 10-year old unit was insufficinet to guide me to take the unit in for their Labor bill to repair. New part in hand, it just was that easy - and assumed to be no less expensive.

The turntable would not turn, and made a clicking sound

  • Customer: Dave from Danville, CA
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 9 of 10 people found this instruction helpful
Thanks to great instructions from a previous person, this was super easy. It took 5 minutes to remove and replace the new motor. The big part of this job was cleaning out the cabinet where the microwave sits, since I had to take it out.

There is a 'door cover' pressed into the bottom of the microwave, that just has 6 small tabs that you need to cut. Then remove 1 screw, and the wire clip and the motor is changed. The door just reverses and re-installs with 1 screw. When the microwave was designed, this repair was in the engineers mind. So simple I couldn't beleive it.

The microwave would no longer heat

  • Customer: Linda from Warsaw, IN
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: More than 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 13 of 23 people found this instruction helpful
First I ordered and replaced the diode. That did not help. Then I ordered both the magnetron and the thermostat magnetron because I didn't know what I was doing. After I replaced those, it still wouldn't heat. So I called an electrician. He noticed I had knocked a wire loose. I connected it and the microwave worked. I reconnected the old magnetron, just to test it. It didn't work. Then I put the new one back in. It's working just fine now! It took quite a while to put everything back in place because it was a built-in. But it was a lot cheaper than getting a new microwave, even with the cost of a repair man to show me I had a loose wire!

Scratched Plexiglass

  • Customer: Jean from Woodland Hills, CA
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 6 of 6 people found this instruction helpful
I checked out the two posts here. The one that said that the Plexiglass and Stainless Steel snapped off as one unit didn't work for me. Tried gently to pry stainless trim but it didn't want to budge and I didn't want to force it.
The second advice about using a thin knife to run down behind the Plexiglass worked.There is some kind of adhesive that stays sticky that is right at the opening edge of the door so you just have to gently break through the stickiness seal. As noted, you can bend the panel out in the middle, grab it, and slide it out toward you.
Take the protective coating off the front of the replacement part and slide it in, bending it slightly in the middle so that, when it is fully in, you can push it against the sticky part to hold it in place.
This was real easy.
The hardest part was getting the part delivered without it getting scratched. It has a protective film on the front, but nothing protects the back and the Shipping Department insists on sending it out with nothing to protect the back from the bouncing around it gets in its oversized cardboard box. (no bubble wrap, no wrapping plastic, no peanuts).
The first one arrived with the back heavily scratched. The second try (I explained the problem but the second was shipped exactly the same way as the first) had only a couple of abrasions on the back so I settled for it.
Customer Service is excellent but someone should tell Shipping not to send out Plexiglass sheets without protecting both sides.

Turntable stopped turning

  • Customer: TRACY L from SAN RAMO, CA
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 6 of 8 people found this instruction helpful
I detached the metal plate on the bottom of the microwave that once removed by cutting the metal tabs could then be turned around and put back in place with 1 screw. The old motor was easy to detach (1 screw) and unplug. Hardest part of the whole project was finding where to get a replacement motor so I'm glad I stumbled on your website. Once the part was received it took just a couple of minutes to replace and it works great.
My husband called about getting it serviced and was told it would be at least $100 just for labor, parts would be additional. I'm now an electronic goddess in his eyes....

Light burned out

  • Customer: Jerry from CRAWFORDVILLE, FL
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 5 of 6 people found this instruction helpful
I happen to have a set of "security" screw driver tips which are required for this appliance - available for about $10 at Home Depot or Harbor Freight. Remove three security screws from back of housing, lift up and aft to remove the cover. The light is on the left in a "snap in" mounting so use a flat blade screw driver to push back the retainer and lift out the old bulb then disconnect the two "push on" wires and install the new light. Total time about 10 minutes. The only issue is the requirement for a security driver set.

brokencooking dish

  • Customer: Edward from Indianapolis, IN
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 11 of 25 people found this instruction helpful
easy to handle

The motor was going bad and stopped intermittently.

  • Customer: Richard D from Good Hope, GA
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 4 of 7 people found this instruction helpful
I unplugged the microwave and turned it over. It was easy to spot where the motor was located. I noticed the cover had little tabs holding it in place. I noticed it had brackets that could be snipped and the cover reversed so the little tabs and hole for the metal screw could be installed. I used snips and cut the little tabs and removed the cover. The motor had one screw and a tab that held it in place. I unplugged the motor first removed the screw and changed the motor. Then I plugged it into the wiring harness.The plastic piece for the turn table dropped out. I used pliers and straightened the tabs turned the plate over and put two small extensions in the slots and removed the metal screw and pushed the tabs in place and the metal screw through the hole and tightened. I then set the microwave in place and opened the door and pushed the plastic piece into its proper place. I then got a cup of water and heated it up.

turntable wouldn't turn

  • Customer: joseph from durham, NC
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 3 of 5 people found this instruction helpful
On the bottom of Microwave I cut the 6 clips holding the cover in place with side cutters. Removed the one screw holding motor in place. Un plugged it. Plugged in new motor, replaced screw. Filed off sharp points of clips. Slid cover tabs into slots, put screw in cover. Replaced parts inside oven, turned it on, it worked.
I did this twice. The first time the plug fell inside the housing and I had to turn the microwave over to fish it out. So when I received new part I left it plugged in. I should make it clear I am talking about the plug to the motor not the one to the microwave. Of course I unplugged that before I even moved the microwave. Thanks to another customer and his repair story because I was dreading the chore of dismantling the entire microwave to get to the turn table motor. He made it so easy. Thank you for having the part and great instructions.

Melted spot on microwave door

  • Customer: charles from Katy, TX
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 3 of 5 people found this instruction helpful
My wife tried cooking popcorn without the rotating glass plate in the microwave. The door of the microwave required no tools to remove. The front plexiglass and the stainless steel trim simply snap off as a unit. Then the plexiglass slides out. Reverse to reassemble.

The Microwave won't heat at normal heat settings; eg: from seconds to hours time settings.

  • Customer: JOSEPH S. from BRONX, NY
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
  • 2 of 2 people found this instruction helpful
First step was to discharge the transformer's capacitor (very important to do), before attempting any microwave repair. I opened the diagram/schematic found inside the microwave oven and followed the technician's troubleshooting steps; checked the capacitor; it checked OK, I checked the diode for a short, it checked OK. I checked the windings of the transformer that supply the power to the Magnetron; it checked Ok. I proceeded to order the parts; the Magnetron and the sensor located on the top part of the Magnetron. When the parts arrived; I went straight to the location of the Magnetron, I attached the new sensor on the new Magnetron and removed the old one. I connected the harness from the transformer to the new Magnetron and tested the microwave oven and it worked perfectly like a new one. This site has a great deal of information about repairs for the do it-yourself like myself, unlike other appliance's parts websites. Thumbs up to this site, I am very pleased with my order, I received it in a timely fashion as promised. I recommend it to everyone; this site is the best place to shop for appliances parts.

Our original roller guide had a broken section which controlled the circular movement

  • Customer: Stephanie from OMAHA, NE
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 2 of 2 people found this instruction helpful
We removed the glass circular plate of the microwave. We replaced the original roller guide with the new part. Then we placed the glass plate back in its place. Quick and simple.

Would not start and error sensor came on read out

  • Customer: John from Gig Harbor, WA
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 2 of 3 people found this instruction helpful
Removed the unit from counter, opened metal housing, removed Humid sensor from top left side of unit, unpluged wire from curcuit board. Installed new Humid senor, metal housing and reinstalled unit into counter top. Microwave works like new.

Thanks
John

Post-Construction Cleaning People Used Brillo Pad on Microwave

  • Customer: Louis from Austin, TX
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 2 of 4 people found this instruction helpful
My brand new never used microwave had the plexiglass all fogged up by no good cleaners using harsh abbrasives. The repair was quite simple but took a few minutes to figure out. You open the door and look at the end of the door. You can see the plexiglass screen edge. Slide a knife under the edge and work it up and down releasing the two face tape that holds it in place. Then using the knife to gently hold the plexiglass off of the tape simply slide it out the end. Put some two face tape on the new plexiglass in the same location, slide it in (bowing out the plexiglass while you slide the last little bit where the tape is) and once all the way in, press down to engage the tape. That is it.
All Instructions for the ZE2160SF03
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