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Old 15th October 2019, 04:19 AM   #1
KevinHeem is offline KevinHeem  United States
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Any appliance repair techs out there?
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I have a GE microwave oven that blew the internal fuse. This happened during the time this house was having crazy electrical problems (the local electrical provider ended up running new service to the house to resolve the issue), but thatís a story for another day. Anyway, I located the OEM part number and did some searching. Turns out itís a $40 fuse. I went to Garitts Appliance (local sales/service) and they sold me a ceramic 250V 20A fuse for $5. They said their service techs would use this part. Other than the fact that the OEM part has GE stamped on it, could there be a major difference between the two (OEM vs the one Garrits sold me)?j
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Old 15th October 2019, 04:30 AM   #2
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I'm not an appliance repair tech, but the answer to your question is no, just use the fuse the appliance store sold you.
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Old 15th October 2019, 05:12 AM   #3
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The fuse should cost $5. The $40 fuse just costs too much.

Most of us have seen a $5 capacitor turn into a $40 capacitor easily with just the right mix of lettering and glitter.
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Old 15th October 2019, 05:25 AM   #4
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Fuse is nothing special, GE is just not set up to sell small parts to individuals.
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Old 15th October 2019, 05:38 AM   #5
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GE has become a GREEDY idiotic brand name anymore.
And they need to be OUTED for it.

A little story:
A few years ago, my next door neighbor's GE Monogram dishwasher stopped working.
This was their premier model, new, costing $2200 in 2002.
The circuit board was the culprit, I did a troubelshooting of it to confirm.
This board, about 4 inches by 9 inches, contained the relays, processor, power supply.
That's all... nothing special.
A call to GE cust service - their quote for a replacement was...... are ya ready?........
$540!......for a lousy little circuit board!

I asked the woman on the phone, why so EXPENSIVE?
I stated that there were no DIAMONDS, GOLD PLATING, or anything on that board that was worth that kind of money.
At best, it held maybe $40 worth of parts.
She put me on hold.....
When she came back, she gave me a price of $155.
The board was ordered, I installed it, my neighbor was happy.

You gotta put these greedy suckers in their place!
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Old 15th October 2019, 08:42 AM   #6
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Turns out itís a $40 fuse.

Perhaps they are trying to break into the audiophile fuse market.
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