3 Microwave Troubleshooting Tips That Are Good to Know

Fred's Appliance
October 22, 2013

Quickly warming up a meal in the microwave or using the appliance’s handy defrost button is an accommodation many of us take for granted. That is until our microwaves break down and are in need of appliance repair. The inconvenience of a faulty microwave can leave you frustrated, but before you run to the store to purchase a new one, take the time to find out whether a quick visit from a repair company can fix your malfunctioning appliance. The following 3 troubleshooting tips can help you better understand why your microwave is no longer in perfect working condition.

My Microwave turns off after a few seconds of heating.

If your microwave turns on, but only runs for a few seconds, you might be looking at a faulty door switch. The door switch is a simple mechanism that stops your microwave from turning on when the door is open. The door switch may have overheated causing it to malfunction and turn your microwave off. If this is the case, the switch will need to be replaced.

My Microwave is making odd noises when I turn it on.

When you notice your microwave is louder than usual, the stirrer motor may be worn out. The stirrer is a blade inside your appliance that spins and averts the microwave’s energy in an erratic pattern. After years of use, the stirrer motor will eventually become worn down and begin to make an unpleasant sound. If the loud noise coming from your microwave is due to the stirrer motor, it is recommended you replace it, otherwise your microwave will not heat your food evenly.

My Microwave’s door refuses to open.

If you go to open your microwaves door, but it won’t budge, you may be dealing with a malfunctioning door latch. The latch is located inside your microwave and is activated when the door hook comes into contact with it. The latch ensures the microwave door stays closed when it turns on. Unfortunately, if the latch becomes damaged, you may not be able to open your appliance’s door, and replacing the defective part might be your only resolution.

Microwaves are a handy appliance that can quicken the cooking or heating process, but like any other appliance your microwave can become damaged. If you find yourself stuck with a broken appliance, please contact us, and we will send you one of our trusted technicians to inspect and fix the problem.

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