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I've had my GE XL1400 JVM for 10 years now and it just suddenly stopped heating the food and it has a funny (electrical) smell coming from it now when I try to heat anything. Everything else works fine.

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    My Spacemaker just suddenly stopped heating and has a "burnt, electrical" smell when running. Can the unit be repaired?

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Good Morning,
Souns like the Magnatron Tube has burnt out. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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