Stopped heating food and may need a new transformer

Our GE Profile JVM1870SF02 OTR Microwave Oven stopped heating food. The GE Repair Technician said he would need to replace the transformer but didn't have one with him and the repairs would cost as much as a brand new Microwave. Can I order the part myself? Can I safely replace the transformer?

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Randy Dossey, without sounding pompous, do you have any repair experiences with electronics? The consensus for most of us on iFixit is to replace the whole unit. Some things are just to dangerous to fix without the proper knowledge or tools. So much for the "Can I safely replace the transformer?" As for the transformer, you are looking at part number WB27X10605 available for around $130.

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Oldturkey03 - Thank you for your reply. No, I don't have the experience or the tools required and really wasn't planning on attempting the repair myself. I was just looking for a second opinion/questioning the certified GE repairman's advice to replace what has been a great appliance for $450-$550 if all it really needed was a $130 part and a little love.

Why do you all recommend replacing the whole unit if it just needs a $130 part?

Anyone on ifixit in the Jacksonville Florida area/willing to fix our microwave? Can you recommend someone?

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Reason why most of us will recommend replacement is the danger of working on a Microwave. It packs a punch and could potentially be lethal. I know, it does seem like such a waste. Lets see what we can find out to help you getting it fixed.

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Take a look at this. This will be pretty similar to your repair. Heed the Warning

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