How to Unlock a GE Microwave

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A small "L" on the display pad indicates that the microwave is locked.

On some GE microwave models you'll need to press "5" and "7" simultaneously for 3 seconds, rather than CLEAR/OFF.

If there is no "L" visible on the display, following Step One will turn the child lock-out switch on, which will activate the "L" indicator on the display.

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Modern microwave ovens are equipped with automated electronic controls that allow users to push a single button for cooking a bowl of popcorn, reheating a slice of pizza, heating up a baked potato, or simply rewarming the morning coffee. But those controls might be dangerous if operated by a preschooler, and that's why GE has built a child lock-out function into their advanced microwaves. Easy for a grownup to both lock and unlock, the safety feature ensures that a GE microwave oven is not started accidentally by a child.


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Step 1

Press and hold the "Clear/Off" button on your microwave oven's keypad for about three seconds.

Step 2

Wait for the "L," which indicates the microwave is locked, to disappear from the display.

Step 3

Open the microwave using the open latch button.



Matthew Fortuna

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